‘He wrote apology letters’: Pinarayi slams Modi for mentioning VD Savarkar in I-Day speech

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for claiming VD Savarkar was a freedom fighter in his I-Day speech.

Inaugurating the 'Freedom Street' of Democratic Youth Federation of India, he said the Sangh Parivar leaders met the viceroy to express solidarity to the British Rule. But the Parivar wants to change that history by claiming the legacy of the movement, Pinarayi said here.

"We heard the PM pronouncing the name of a person in his speech. He was described as a freedom fighter. That man wrote apology letters to escape from the prison during the struggle for independence. He was accused of murdering Gandhiji. How they try to build a new history for him," said the CM.

At the start of his address, PM Modi had paid tributes to freedom fighters and leaders from across the political spectrum for their contributions to the independence struggle and nation-building, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, V D Savarkar, Ram Manohar Lohia, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mangal Pandey among others.

Pinarayi also added that the followers of Savarkar and Golwalker are overturning the fundamental principles of formation India such as secularism.

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