Nashik : Savarkar was an institution himself and was an effective personality. He had tried to break the walls between different religions. Unfortunately, injustice had committed against him by British and rulers of the country after independence. Some Ministers had tried to remove his name from the cell at Andaman. Those who termed Savarkar as traitor are the real traitors, stated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to criticise the then Congress government indirectly. He also felt that darshan of Savarkar’s residence was more sacred than darshan at temple.
The Chief Minister visited the residence of freedom fighter Savarkar at his birthplace Bhagur yesterday and paid rich tributes to him. State Water Resources and District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan also accompanied him.
The Chief Minister praised the works done by Savarkar in a programme organised here. He said that Savarkar had devoted his entire life to free Mother India from British rule. He was inspiration for freedom fighters. While undergoing a rigorous jail term at Andaman, Savarkar had always worked for bright future of Mother India. British had many times tried to discourage him, but he had imbibed the feeling of patriotism among next generation.
“Savarkar had always tried to break the walls between different religions. Taking inspiration from his thoughts we should try to preserve the social thoughts he was expected for,” he urged.
Mentioning contribution by Savarkar in literary field, Fadnavis stated that he had worked to make Marathi language prosperous. Lamenting over the fact that no note of the great work done by Savarkar was not taken post freedom, the Chief Minister criticised the then Congress government and Manishankar Aiyyar indirectly for trying to remove Savarkar’s name from the cell where Savarkar had passed 12 years of his life for freedom of the country.
Regional BJP vice president and executive of Savarkar birth anniversary celebration committee Prasad Lad, Mayor Ranjana Bhansi, MP Harishchandra Chavan, MLA Balasaheb Sanap, Devyani Pharande, Seema Hiray, Bhagur town council chairperson Anita Karanjkar, principal secretary of the Chief Minister Milind Mhaiskar and principal secretary of town development department Manisha Mhaiskar were present on dais.
Regional vice president of BJP Prasad Lad made the introductory speech, whereas Jyoti Ambekar compered the programme. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister inaugurated the exhibition of rare books based on life story of Savarkar. District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan tabled a proposal before the Chief Minister for construction of a museum in memory of Savarkar. Responding positively to this, the Chief Minister assured to provide every support for this and showed his green flag for construction of the museum.