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Speaking to reporters here, Raut said Thackeray did not hold any government post, but he conducted himself like Greek king Alexander. "He united people and inspired them to fight. After Veer Savarkar, it was Bal Thackeray who lit the flame of hardline Hindutva," he said.

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  • Amidst widespread protests across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, senior RSS leader Krishna Gopal on Thursday said the 'Hindutva of the country was holding it together'.

    What is remarkable about these protests is their organic nature. Muslim students took the lead. Having watched the government and Hindutva organisations push their divisive agenda since 2014, the CAA broke the dam of fear and intimidation.

    NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said that since Savarkar was not alive, it was wrong to make such a claim. The Hindi booklet, titled "Veer Savarkar, Kitne 'Veer'?", was distributed at a camp of Seva Dal, a frontal organisation of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh recently.

    Over 30 new statues have either been already erected or are in the process of being built in North Kolkata alone, while several more are being planned for the southern part of the city, the senior TMC leader said. The building of statues is a part of the party's strategy to counter the BJP's "agenda of aggressive Hindutva".

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray told the Legislative Assembly that he would never abandon the ideology of Hindutva. “I am still with the ideology of Hindutva which cannot be separated from me,” he said while addressing the special session.

    The demonstration, organised by a collective of civil society members, Left liberals and volunteers of outfits including the Jamaat-E-Islami Hind and NGOs saw high pitched slogans against the BJP-led Centre, the RSS, and Hindutva. Cases have been registered against them under Indian Penal Code 143 and Section 41 Class VI.

    Addressing a press conference on the eve of the winter session of the state legislature, Thackeray said that issues like CAB were being raised to "divert attention" of people from real issues like security of women, unemploymentand farm crisis.

    Under fire from the BJP over his 'rape in India' remark, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he will die but never apologise for speaking truth as he was a Gandhi and not a Savarkar, remarks that drew immediate disapproval from new- found ally Shiv Sena which said the Hindutva icon should not be insulted.

    "Just tweeting a protest against Gandhi's insult of Savarkar will not do. (Shiv Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray has to take a stand on whether he wants to share power with the Congress which has insulted the national icon and freedom fighter," BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said. He further said that there is anger across the country against Rahul Gandhi.

    Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Sunday accused the Congress of practising duplicity by keeping its alliance intact with Shiv Sena in Maharastra despite the Hindutva party support to Citizenship Amendment Bill.

    Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday demanded an "unconditional apology" from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his 'My name is not Rahul Savarkar' remark.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's controversial remarks on Vinayak Damodar alias Veer Savarkar escalated into a big controversy, earning the ir...

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