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Mahatma Gandhi wanted Congress to resign as a political party and work for social freedom after independence: Ram Madhav

BJP leader Ram Madhav. Case. | Photo credit: KV S Giri

Mahatma Gandhi believed India became ‘politically free’ on August 15, 1947 and wanted Congress to work to achieve social, economic and moral freedom instead of working as a political party, BJP leader said on Sunday , Ram Madhav.

Speaking at the lighter ‘Sahitya Parab 2022’ in Raipur, he also claimed that since Congress leaders stopped paying attention to Gandhiji, this suggestion was not acceptable to them.

In a veiled dig at Rahul Gandhi, he said Mahatma Gandhi’s wish to dissolve Congress appears to be granted by another Gandhi.

“When India got freedom on August 15, 1947, everyone called it ‘azadi’ and ‘swatantratra’ (Independence). But Mahatma Gandhi was the only person who denied saying that and said that the India had become politically independent,” Mr. Madhav said.

Three days before the death of Mahatma Gandhi (he was assassinated on January 30, 1948), he dictated a proposal which he wanted to have adopted at the next congress of the Indian National Congress. However, this convention did not take place because Gandhiji was assassinated, Mr Madhav said.

“In this proposal, Gandhiji had written that India had only attained political freedom, but social, economic and moral freedom was not yet attained in Indian society,” he said.

Mr Madhav said that Gandhiji suggested starting another movement (to achieve social, economic and moral freedom) and keeping it out of the reach of politics, and therefore Congress had to leave as a party Politics.

“The Congress leaders had stopped paying attention to Gandhi ji and therefore this suggestion was not accepted by them. (Mahatma) Gandhi ji’s wish to dissolve the Congress seems to be granted by another Gandhi,” he said. -he declares.

Speaking as the chief guest, Madhav hailed the Chhattisgarh government’s ambitious project “Ram Van Gaman Path” (the route taken by Lord Ram on his way to 14-year exile).

Without naming names, Madhav said Lord Ram’s exile was an example of political sacrifice but in Chhattisgarh “he is not ready to give up”.

Mr Madhav said he had seen large billboards advertising ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ renovation works in Raipur which is good as the heritage of the country needs to be protected and rejuvenated.

“However, Lord Ram’s exile was an example of political sacrifice on his part, but here he is not ready to step down,” he said without naming anyone.

Mr Madhav was apparently referring to a power struggle between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and his cabinet colleague TS Singh Deo over an alleged agreement to share the post of Chief Minister.

According to mythology, the “Path of Ram Van Gaman” is the route taken by Ram on his way to exile for 14 years. It is believed that Lord Ram had spent most of his time during his exile in Chhattisgarh.

To keep alive the memories of contexts related to Lord Ram and Mata Kaushalya, the state government has undertaken the project “Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit” and started to develop nine places falling on the road as tourist destinations in the first phase.