"No need to bring Gandhi's name in poll campaign"
Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Shrikrishna Kulkarni has said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should not have brought Gandhi's assassination issue in his election campaign.
"Was this comment to bring Gandhi into an election, which is critical for India's future seems a bit of travesty? Especially to bring up his assassination. It was not needed. Couple of points. Gandhi was killed in 1948. Many enquiry commissions were done. Nobody indicted any particular orgnisation. There are a couple of people involved in his killing, yes. But the fact of life is he is dead and is not going to come back. To bring up the Gandhi name is not needed. We must stop fanning these flames. Stop this politics of hate for selfish reasons," Kulkarni told CNN-IBN channel.
Kulkarni is an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member like his uncle Rajmohan Gandhi, who is the party candidate from East Delhi.
"I wrote to Rahul Gandhi. I'm not a public face. I have views on many issues. But I have realised over the years that the Gandhi name is rampantly misused. Wherever I go, if people come to know I am related to Bapu, people ask how I am related to Sonia or Rahul Gandhi. I'm at odds on telling we are not related. Rahul is not related to Gandhiji at all. I tell them you go to Gujarat, it's a common surname. But at national level, the name refers to Mahatma Gandhi. So to use the name in a subtle manner and then rampantly misuse. Media calls them Nehru - Gandhi dynasty. I am wondering what doe the real Gandhi family to do with this at all. We should bring this sham to an end," he told the news channel.
Speaking on whether it is correct to blame Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the assassination, Kulkarni said, "Branding anyone is not justified. My view is development of a nation belongs to everyone. One alone can't develop a nation. RSS are also equally members of this country. They may have ideology you may differ with. That kind of branding shows myopic views. If such people rule this country we are doomed."
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday moved the Election Commission (EC) against Rahul Gandhi's remark that RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi.
On Mar 6, at a rally in Bhiwandi city of Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi alleged RSS planned Mahatma Gandhi's murder.
(Posted on 10-03-2014)