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There can’t be a ‘sequel’ of historic landmark: Congress

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016,12:17 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | A day after Mumbai Congress decried the Maharashtra government’s decision to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1942 freedom movement as Quit India-2, Maharashtra Congress also slammed the move stating a historical event cannot have a sequel like that of a film.

Does the Maharashtra government consider the Quit India movement a film of which it is making a sequel? asked Sachin Sawant, spokesperson of state Congress.

BJP and RSS are trying to dilute the historical importance of the movement, he said.

Everyone knows and it is a part of history that M S Golwalkar, the then RSS supremo had opposed  when the Quit India movement was launched, Sawant said, alleging that now BJP and RSS were putting a new spin on the 1942 movement and lessening its importance.

A newspaper advertisement issued by the state government uses the catch phrase Quit India-2, stating now it was time to get rid of social evils like illiteracy, alcoholism, etc.

Sawant said by connecting these unrelated issues with the historic occasion, the BJP-led state government was trying to manipulate the history of the freedom struggle.

BJP had yesterday countered the criticism saying Congress was finding it difficult to come to terms with the government’s decision to celebrate the event in a grand way.