The Madhya Pradesh Congress is witnessing a rift within the party on Thursday after the induction of a former municipal corporator who built a temple dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
Babulal Chaurasia is a former municipal corporator and a follower of Nathuram Godse who had pledged to spread Mahatma Gandhi’s killer message to people.
The state Congress chief and former Chief Minister welcomed him to the party.
Madhya Pradesh Congress tweeted a picture of Nath giving Chaurasia a grand welcome last evening. Babulal Chaurasia had earlier quit the Congress and won civic polls as a member of the Hindu Mahasabha.
हिन्दू महासभा के नेता कांग्रेस में शामिल :
ग्वालियर के वार्ड 44 के पार्षद एवं हिन्दू महासभा के नेता श्री बाबूलाल चौरसिया आज प्रदेश अध्यक्ष कमलनाथ जी की मौजूदगी में कांग्रेस में शामिल हुए।
श्री चौरसिया जी का कांग्रेस परिवार में स्वागत है। pic.twitter.com/wIwQ3HBmil
— MP Congress (@INCMP) February 24, 2021
Slamming his own party, ex-Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav on Thursday, condemned the joining of former Hindu Mahasabha leader Babulal Chaurasia into the party’s folds.
Captioning Chaurasia’s joining as ‘Bapu, we are ashamed’, Yadav shared the picture of Chaurasia along with current MP Congress chief Kamal Nath. The former Mahasabha leader, who is also the Councilor of ward 44 of Gwalior, is expected to get a ticket to contest in the upcoming civic polls in the state.
In 2017, Chaurasiya, who contested the 2015 Gwalior Municipal Corporation election as an independent candidate, built a temple dedicated to Godse. He was with the Hindu Mahasabha at the time. Indeed, as recently as 2020, he appeared in events supporting Godse.
On January 11, the Hindu Mahasabha opened a study centre on Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, at its office in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
Named as ‘Godse Gyaanshala’, the Hindu Mahasabha claimed that it is to “educate” youngsters on the Partition of India and to spread awareness about historical personalities like Maharana Pratap. Faced with massive opposition from Congress, Madhya Pradesh police shut down the centre.