MEERUT: Denied permission to erect Nathuram Godse's bust last year on Matyrs Day, Hindu Mahasabha leaders celebrated January 30 amid tunes of drums in honour of Mahatma Gandhi's killer at their Meerut office on Sharda road. When all others observed a two-minute silence for Gandhi's death at 11am, the leaders danced to the music played on drums and distributed sweets among themselves. Additionally, they also observed the day as 'Anyaya Divas' as last year on January 30, they were denied to erect the bust of Godse in their office by police and administration.

"We have been celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary as Shaurya Divas for over five decades now. According to us, Nathuram Godse did all the good he can in his life by killing Gandhi. People might mourn the death of Gandhi, but we will always celebrate this day," said Pandit Ashok Sharma, national vice-president, Hindu Mahasabha .

Sharma further said, "For us, Godse is our martyr, who showed courage by killing Gandhi who divided our country into two parts. While Pakistan is still an Islamic state, India never got the status of Hindu rashtra."

Last year, January 30 was marked by heavy police deployment outside Hindu Mahasabha office on Sharda road, which eventually averted the establishment of Nathuram Godse's bust in its office premises. In view of the ruckus over the proposed installation of Godse's bust at the office on Sharda road, even Section 144 of CrPc (direct any person to abstain from a certain act urgent cases of nuisance of apprehended danger) was imposed by the local administration in the entire district.

Bharat Rajput, district president, Hindu Mahasabha , said, "Though we have been celebrating Shaurya Divas for over five decades, it is for the first time that we observed 'Anyaya Divas' on January 30. It is because last year, we were not allowed to set up a Godse bust in our office. We were not hurting anyone's feelings; we were just erecting a statue in our office premises, but the spot was sealed by the police. That's why January 30 marks two days for us now on."

A 'buddhi-shuddhi' yagna for the police and administration also took place inside the office premises so as to give them "good knowledge", Hindu Mahasabha members say.

This year, Hindu Mahasabha leaders say, we want to prove it to the police and administration that though we could not install a Godse bust, but the idea is very much in our mind and it will happen soon.

Courtesy Times of India