New Delhi: In a major gaffe, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday that Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were hanged by the British.
According to reports, speaking at a Tiranga Yatra rally in Chindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Javadekar said, “The fight for independence that began in 1857 ended 90 years later when we threw the British out. We salute freedom fighters…. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru who were hanged.”
Javadekar on Monday drove a scooter through the streets of Chindwara, carrying the Indian flag, as part of the BJP’s Tiranga Yatra celebrating 70 years of India’s Independence, said reports.
His statement comes days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted a tribute to Bose on his supposed death anniversary, leading to a backlash from West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Netaji’s grand-nephew Chandra Bose, who demanded an apology from Jaitley.