The picture of Mahatma Gandhi is printed on the note in the country. The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) had on Friday demanded that the picture of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose should be placed on the note instead of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Hindu Mahasabha had argued in support of its demand that the contribution of Subhas Chandra Bose in the freedom struggle was no less than that of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Now the reaction of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come regarding this. West Bengal BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya has said that our party does not look at voters through the prism of any particular community or religion. He further said that we do not want to emphasize on what they are saying but want to say that we do not do politics with the prism of any particular community or religion.
Significantly, during Durga Puja by ABHM, there was a ruckus over the statue of Mahishasur. Then in the Durga Puja organized by the organization, a statue of Mahishasura, who looked like Mahatma Gandhi, was installed, about which there was a dispute. Now shortly after this, a demand has been made by the organization to put a picture of Subhash Chandra Bose in place of Mahatma Gandhi on the note.
State President of ABHM raised the demand
ABHM working state president Chandrachud Goswami had said in a press conference that we feel that Netaji’s contribution in the country’s freedom struggle was no less than that of Mahatma Gandhi. So the best way to honor Netaji, India’s greatest freedom fighter, is to put his picture on the note. Gandhiji’s picture should be replaced with Netaji’s.
ABHM will contest panchayat elections
He had also said that the organization has decided to field candidates in the panchayat elections to be held next year. TMC and Congress have criticized Goswami’s demand. He said that the branches of BJP should stop doing divisive politics in West Bengal. However, Goswami reiterated that Gandhi’s portrayal as Mahishasura was “unintentional” and “coincidence”.
Mahishasur controversy told coincidence
ABHM leader clarified the controversy regarding Mahishasur and said that it was a mere coincidence. Earlier, the organization had also claimed that it was a coincidence that the statue of Mahishasura, whose head was bald and dressed in a white dhoti and round glasses, looked like Gandhi. We had no intention of portraying Gandhiji as Mahishasura. It was unintentional. Those trying to create controversy on this issue should refrain from doing so.