Defying the commonsense that a painter or banner maker would not add a character to a banner unless ordered, the Indian National Congress (INC) today tried to save itself from embarrassment amid its self-styled secular constituency by saying that the inclusion of the face of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in its pantheon of freedom fighters in the publicity material for the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra was a "printing mistake"! The INC said that it was left to firefight a major gaffe on the 14th day of the party's ambitious rally. The leadership of the party joined grassroots-level workers to walk shoulder-to-shoulder, it claimed.
As their rally reached Kerala’s Ernakulum district, the party was faced with a blunder it had not anticipated, the INC tried to explain. A poster of the yatra had a photo of VD Savarkar in a line-up with other freedom fighters.
The INC never considered Savarkar to be a freedom fighter, claiming that he had &...
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