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Savarkar plaque will not be restored: Govt

August 23, 2004 18:39 IST
Last Updated: August 23, 2004 18:41 IST

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday conveyed to the Bharatiya Janata Party Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha, V K Malhotra, the government's decision not to restore the original plaque containing freedom fighter Veer Savarkar's quotations from the Cellular Jail memorial in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

"Azad has asked me to convey the decision to the NDA leaders. We will take a decision on it tomorrow at the NDA parliamentary party meeting," Malhotra said in New Delhi.

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He claimed that on Friday it was conveyed to the party that the plaque would either be restored in its original place -- where it was replaced by Mahatma Gandhi's quotation -- or it would be placed at the 'Swatantrya Jot' memorial set up by the Indian Oil Corporation Foundation.

The BJP-led opposition has been stalling proceedings in both Houses of Parliament since last week demanding that the plaque be restored and Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer, under whose direction it was allegedly removed, tender an apology.

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Sub: Mani iyer

Let Mani confine himself to writing speeches for PM and congress president. His unwarranted howlings should be stopped. Mr.Karunanidhi has shown the way. Can he ...

Posted by Mahadevan

Sub: Veer Savarkar

GOD, they ( Mani Shnakar, othet like minded congressman) dont know what they are doing, please forgive them.

Posted by Satish Godse

Sub: Mani Shankar Iyer and Man Mohan Singh resign immediately

If this is the stand taken by the Man Mohan Singh Government, Mani Shankar Iyer and Man Mohan Singh resign immediately and give way to ...

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Sub: Beware it will be Bhagat Singh next!

This is the meanest the politicians can be! How can you drag in to debate a person who has selflessly devoted his life for the ...

Posted by Harshal Kulkarni

Sub: Well Done Mr. Aiyer!

I think that the removal of the plaque containing the so called utterances of modern India's first terrorist - Savarker is a positive step towards ...

Posted by Adil Jamal



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