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LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday accused the Congress of insulting Binayak Damodar Savarkar, whom he described as a hero who did not get the respect he deserved.
Adityanath said Savarkar did not get the respect he deserved after independence.
The Congress has spared no effort to “insult a revolutionary, writer, philosopher, poet like Savarkar”, says Adityanath.
“If Congress had obeyed Savarkar, the country would not have been divided. Savarkar said that Pakistan is not a reality but India will always be there,” Adityanath was quoted as saying in a press statement.
Adityanath was speaking at a function organized on the occasion of Savarkar’s birth anniversary. A book on Savarkar was published on the occasion.
Adityanath said Savarkar’s only goal was to make the country independent. He said he has spent his whole life dreaming of the country.
The chief minister said the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had erected a statue of Savarkar at the Cellular Jail in Port Blair, which was later removed by the Congress government.
“Savarkar was a great hero of the twentieth century. He has given two life sentences in one life for the nation,” he said.
According to the statement, the chief minister said that the political parties in power had compared Savarkar to Jinnah.
“Savarkar said that Pakistan cannot be a reality, but India will always be there. It is the first head of state that is the reality today,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia once said that a person cannot be an ordinary person if he is remembered with reverence 50 years after his death.
“Now, we remember him (Savarkar) after 56 years, so we can evaluate his personality,” he said.

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