New Delhi: Two factions of the Hindu Mahasabha Saturday clashed over the demand of one group that it be allowed to install busts of Nathuram Godse even as the other group said raising such a demand would promote disharmony in society and send out wrong signals.
Swami Chakrapani, who is president of one of the factions, claimed that his group was the original Hindu Mahasabha and condemned Chandra Prakash Kaushik, head of the other faction, for his promotion of Godse.
"He is doing it for cheap publicity. We completely disown any such statement. If the demand of installing Godse's busts is accepted, then the message will go in society that violence has triumphed over non-violence as he was convicted for killing Mahatma Gandhi, who stood for non-violence," Chakrapani said.
"It will spread disharmony in society," he added.
Though Chakrapani also sounded sympathetic to Godse, saying he stood for certain ideology, but he added that Hindu Mahasabha was against any form of violence and "the killer of the father of the nation cannot be felicitated publicly".
Godse assassinated Gandhi, apostle of non-violence, by shooting in his chest three times at point-blank range on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi.
Kaushik, however, levelled similar accusation against Chakrapani, saying Hindu Mahasabha organisation was with him and the latter represented a fake body.
He pushed for his demand that government provide space for installing busts of Nathuram Godse at different locations in the country.
Sources said both factions are fighting a legal battle over which of them is the real Hindu Mahasabha.