Mehbooba slams BJP over Savarkar row, says Bharat Ratna for man who justified rape

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Srinagar: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, who remains under detention in Srinagar, on Thursday took issue with the Maharashtra BJP unit’s proposal to lobby for a Bharat Ratna for Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (popularly known as Veer Savarkar). Savarkar is considered one of the foremost ideologues of Hindutva.

Mehbooba has been under detention since August 5 after the Narendra Modi government abrogated provisions of Article 370. Since September 20, her Twitter handle has been operated by her daughter Iltija Mufti.

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On Thursday, the Twitter handle of Mehbooba Mufti posted, “Bharat Ratna for a man who justified rape as a weapon of war. You know a country needs to reset its moral compass when the likes of Savarkar are feted whereas a great man like Gandhiji is disrespected”.