The BJD-led Odisha government found itself in a defensive position after a government booklet had an ambiguous line on Mahatma Gandhi’s death. The sentence read, Mahatma Gandhi died in an accidental sequence of events. The publication was wary of mentioning Gandhi’s death as an act of assassination, for reasons best known to the publisher.
This misleading information had appeared in a booklet that the School and Mass Education department has published and distributed as the nation was commemorating Mahatma Gandhi on the 150th birth anniversary this year. It was a two-page booklet in Odia titled Aama Bapuji: Ek Jhalak. (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse)
However, Congress blames that it is the camaraderie between BJD and BJP that has prevented BJD from naming Hindu ideologue Nathuram Godse as the killer of Gandhi. On the 30th of January in 1948, Nathuram Godse shot Mahatam Gandhi dead at the Biral House in Delhi.
Congress senior legislator Narasingha Mishra said BJD could not say that Nathuram Godse had killed Gandhi because BJD and BJP are in a good relationship. The Congress leader made this statement in the assembly discussion on Friday.
He said that like the ongoing attempt there at the national level to glorify Nathuram Godse, In Odisha, the state government is saying Mahatma Gandhi’s death was an accident.
He said that like the ongoing attempt there at the national level to glorify Nathuram Godse; In Odisha, the state government is saying that Mahatma Gandhi’s death was an accident. He, even, demanded CM Naveen Patnaik’s resignation over the issue.
There are strong reactions in the social media also over the misinformation on Gandhiji’s death.
As the government found it difficult to get away with such blunder, on Saturday, it ordered to do away with all the articles in question.