Cong ‘ben­e­fited’ from Ma­hatma Gandhi's as­sas­si­na­tion: Uma

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AHMED­ABAD: BJP leader and Union min­is­ter Uma Bharti on Thurs­day claimed the Con­gress "ben­e­fited" from the as­sas­si­na­tion of Ma­hatma Gandhi as he had talked about dis­band­ing the party af­ter In­de­pen­dence.

She was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on the Supreme Court's re­cent ob­ser­va­tions while hear­ing a plea seek­ing reopening of 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 asked.

She said 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.

She was speak­ing to the me­dia dur­ing the BJP'S 'Gu­jarat Gau­rav Ya­tra' in Banaskan­tha district of north Gu­jarat.

Gandhi was shot dead at point blank range in New Delhi on Jan­uary 30, 1948 by Godse, a right-wing ad­vo­cate of Hindu na­tion­al­ism.

The plea in the SC, filed by Mum­bai-based Pankaj Phad­nis, a re­searcher and a trustee of Ab­hi­nav Bharat, has sought reopening of the probe on sev­eral grounds, claim­ing it was one of the big­gest cover-ups in his­tory.

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.

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