Union Minister Uma Bharti sparked controversy on Thursday afternoon with her remarks over Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader while talking to media said that it was Congress who benefited the most from the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. To back her claims, Bharti said that it was because Mahatma Gandhi had talked about disbanding the party after Independence. Her statement came in response to the Supreme Court’s recent observations while hearing a plea seeking to reopen the investigation into the assassination.
“This matter is going on since the time Godse killed Gandhiji. Today I ask the country through you (the media) as to who benefited from the murder of Gandhiji?” Bharti was quoted asking by PTI. She further added that while the Sangh and Jan Sangh faced damage and the country suffered losses “only the Congress benefited from the assassination of Gandhiji”. “Because Gandhiji had suggested that the Congress be dissolved (after Independence). In fact, he had already announced the Congress shall be disbanded,” the minister of drinking water and sanitation claimed.
These statements came during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ in Banaskantha district of North Gujarat. Bharti is one of the ministers taking part in the ongoing yatra of the BJP that aims to galvanise support for the ruling party ahead of the assembly elections. During the yatra, she addressed public meetings in Deodar, Tharad, Vav and Radhanpur constituencies.
Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead at point-blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism. A Mumbai-based man, Pankaj Phadnis filed a plea in the Supreme Court asking it reopen the probe on several grounds. Bharat who is a researcher and a trustee had claimed that it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history.