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LUCKNOW(TNN): The Hindu Mahasabha is going full on to uphold its agenda of propagating Nathuram Godse’s ideology. In a fresh move, the Hindu Mahasabha has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Mahatama Gandhi’s photo be replaced on Indian currency notes with that of Veer Shivaji, Maharana Pratap along with image of B R Ambedkar who gave the country the Constitution post-Independence.
So far, Ambedkar had been hailed as a Dalit icon by the Bahujan Samaj Party and its chief Mayawati to woo backward classes, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati had been by and large successful in her objective until 2014 Lok Sabha election, where Modi wave is said to have dented the Dalit votebank of the BSP to a certain extent giving hope to the BJP, which is patronised by the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS), to woo them to party fold in the run up to Vidhan Sabha election scheduled to be held in 2017. Though Hindu Mahasabha claims having no association with the RSS whatsoever, ideologically speaking both the mahasabha and sangh pariwar sail on the same boat as far as “undivided Hindu nation” theory is concerned.
The mahasabha has also urged the PM to stop universities and colleges from teaching students that Mahatama Gandhi is “father of the nation” when the same has not been done officially by the government. Hindu Mahasabha’s fresh demands follow plan to install bust at several places and construct a temple of Godse in Sitapur district.
It is a one-month long awareness campaign that would continue until January 30, the day Mahatama Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, said Kamlesh Tiwari, who claims to be working president of the mahasabha which plans to observe January 30 as “shaurya diwas” putting up photographs of Godse at parks and other community centres and propagating his ideology on the day.
A Hindu Mahasabha delegation from the mahasabha would seek time from the prime minister and meet him in a bid to apprise him about the need to propagate Godse’s ideology, Tiwari said.