Invoking Sardar Patel, BJP`s Prime Ministerial hopeful, Narendra Modi on Monday asked the people of Gujarat to pay homage to the legendary freedom fighter by voting him to power in Delhi, and said if he is sent to jail he will open a tea stall there.
The Rashtriyaswayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday filled a complaint with the Karnataka Election Commission (EC) and initiated legal action against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his alleged comments accusing the outfit of having killed Mahatma Gandhi.
The war of words between Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Naredndra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi escalated on Saturday after the latter said that BJP does not understand Sardar Patel`s ideology.
Hitting out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi`s comments that Bharatiya Janata Party`s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi`s roots lie in RSS "whose ideology killed Mahatma Gandhi", RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Saturday dubbed the allegations as baseless, saying, “We do not react to kindergarten comments.”
BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday contested allegations that Sardar Patel was anti-Muslim and quoted Rafiq Zakaria, an Islamic scholar and Congress leader, who had done research on the `Iron Man`, to underline his nationalistic credentials.
BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi, party chief Rajnath Singh and L K Advani, chief ministers and its other stalwarts will lead the `run for unity` in different cities on Sunday to mobilise support for building Sardar Patel`s biggest statue in Gujarat.
Eminent lawyer and political commentator AG Noorani said India`s first home minister Sardar Patel was a "quintessential Hindu nationalist" who treated erstwhile Hyderabad State as a Muslim state and hated its culture.
BJP veteran LK Advani has added fresh fuel to an ongoing debate on the relationship between India`s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel by saying that the former vehemently opposed the latter`s policies.
Congress on Thursday raised doubts over L K Advani`s claim based on a book that then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had called his Home Minister Sardar Patel a "total communalist" when the latter suggested that army be sent to take over a defiant Hyderabad after Independence.