“Mahatma Gandhi and Veer Savarkar, are the two personalities from history who still find relevance in India’s political battle even today. While the BJP and its leaders claim to follow the ideology of Gandhi, on the other hand, their supporters are often seen praising Gandhi’s killer. Congress meanwhile, has openly made a statement against Savarkar. Including Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi who has in the past spoke about Savarkar’s mercy petitions. The mercy petitions written by Savarkar to the British during his stay in the jail have been highly contested. The Congress cites it questioning the patriotism of Savarkar whereas BJP counters this view. Time and again, the debate around this issue keeps cropping up in the news. In the latest, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has stoked a fresh controversy. In a sensational claim, the Senior leader of the BJP and Union Minister claimed that it was in fact Mahatma Gandhi who asked Savarkar to file mercy petitions. His statement has evoked a sharp reaction from various sections of society. and people are also questioning whether the claim has any factual or historical basis. So let us understand this issue and let us talk about whether it was in fact Gandhi who had asked Savarkar to write mercy petitions.
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