Samajwadi Party, Asia’s largest socialist party, remembered yesterday Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in a big way with over 25,000 followers of the ‘Iron Man’ in attendance.
The ceremony was not simply about staking claim to the legacy of Sardar. Because his legacy was never abandoned or forgotten by the Socialist forces.
Paying the homage to the iconic ‘nation builder’ Akhilesh Yadav, National President and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, delivered a magnificent speech. Socialist leader also took a jibe at the pompous politics of the BJP over legacy of Sardar.
Youth icon said, “Vallabhbhai was called Sardar because people had trust in him. But today we have politicians who mislead the people and tell lies all the time. BJP had been misleading people on issues like the farm loan waiver, GST and demonetisation. A party that spread lies should not be trusted.”
Sardar was both a rebel and a statesman. He was not only the organiser of the fight for freedom but also the architect of the new state when the fight was over. (Manchester Guardian wrote in its obituary of Patel after his death) Look at the picture below. What a picture of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, eating together by his side are Dr Rajendra Prasad to his right and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad & Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan to his left..
What’s the ideological legacy of India’s first Home Minister? BJP RSS leaving no stone unturned in appropriating him as an anti-Muslim right wing Icon whereas the Congress party continues to claim Sardar as the great unifier, who fashioned the country’s political integration with the swiftness of a military commander and the deftness of a visionary leader. Pandit Nehru also acknowledged Patel’s monumental role in nation building when the first PM said–History will call him the builder and consolidator of Independent India. Imagine the duplicity of India’s right wingers vis-a-vis Patel. BJP RSS glorified the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, Godse.
It was Patel who was in charge of banning the RSS and bringing the assassin of Gandhi under fast court trial. Yet, Patel is eulogised today by the very section of hate mongers and actually is on the cusp of veneration in the tallest statue to look down the circus of rioters in Gujarat. Will BJP RSS adhere to the views of Patel who said during the Quit India Movement, “Indian people should shed mutual bickering, shed the difference of being high or low and develop the sense of equality and banish untouchability. We have to live like the children of the same father.”
“Be it the Narendra Modi government at the Centre or the Yogi Adityanath government in the state, both have not taken any significant decisions. BJP people are liars. I wonder how people trust them. They believe in dividing the society. We should not forget that they do this for political gains.”
Former Chief Minister also suggested that the Centre should use the photographs of great leaders, who participated in the freedom movement in the new series of currency notes that were being printed.
Will the BJP ever stop fooling people? The economic health of the country has been reduced to a skeleton of a starving citizen.