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Hindu sadhu booked for criticising Gandhi, praising Godse

Kalicharan Maharaj, a Hindu sadhu, yesterday praised Nathuram Godse for murdering Mohandas K Gandhi and said that people should elect a staunch Hindu leader to lead the government in a bid to safeguard the religion.

He allegedly made an “abusive” reference to Mahatma Gandhi during a speech at dharma sansad organised by a group in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur on Sunday evening, drawing criticism from the INC leaders.

“Based on the complaint of Congress leader Pramod Dubey, a case was registered against Kalicharan on Sunday night at Tikrapara police station under Indian Penal Code Sections 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and 294 (obscene acts),” a police official said.

Concluding a two-day held at Ravan Bhata ground in Raipur, the Hindu sadhu said, “What is our prime duty – to save religion. We should elect a staunch Hindu king (leader) in the government irrespective of any party (he/she) belongs to… The women of our houses are very good and civilised and they do not go to vote (in an election). When there will be incidents of gang rape, what will happen to women of your houses (families)… (Mahamurkho) Idiots! I am calling to those who do not go out to vote.”

“The target of Islam is to capture nation through politics. In front of our eyes, they had captured in 1947 (referring to partition)…They had earlier captured Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. They captured Bangladesh and Pakistan through politics…I salute Nathuram Godse that he killed Gandhi,” he said.

“Police tell us not to take out bhagwa (saffron) procession from Muslim-dominated areas. It is not the fault of the police. Police are the slaves of the administration, which, in turn, is the slave of the government. The government is the slave of the leader. Therefore, police will not support till there will not be a staunch Hindu king (leader).”

Former INC MLA and Chhattisgarh Gau Seva Ayog chairman Mahant Ramsundar Das reacted angrily to Kalicharan Maharaj’s comments, saying that such abusive words should not be used against the Father of the Nation, who sacrificed everything for the country’s freedom.

The purpose with which this was held has deviated from its path… Mahatma Gandhi, who sacrificed everything for independence, is being described as a traitor. I wanted to ask the organiser why he didn’t raise an objection when such words were being used for the father of the nation,” said Mahant Ramsundar Das at the event.

“I’m sorry, but I’m dissociating myself from this event,” Das said and walked away from the podium.

Neelkanth Tripathi, the organiser of the event, expressed his disagreement with Kalicharan’s statement.

Sushil Anand Shukla, head of the state Congress communication wing, condemned Kalicharan’s statement. “The use of such abusive words against Mahatma Gandhi is highly objectionable. Kalicharan should first prove that he is a saint,” said Shukla.

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