Mangaluru: In an apparent reference to the BJP, former district in-charge minister and Congress leader B Ramanatha Rai claimed that those people that criticise the freedom fighters who went to the jail during the freedom struggle of the country were the real anti-nationals.
Addressing the Congress party workers after a rally from Bhavutagudde to Town Hall to mark the 76th anniversary of Quit India Movement in India, on Thursday, August 9, Rai said, "Efforts are underway to twist the history of the nation. Hence the Congress workers have the responsibility of telling the true history of India to the people. People that criticise leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru who were jailed during the freedom struggle are the real anti-nationals." He recollected that Congress leader and former prime minister Late Jawaharlal Nehru had been jailed for 14 years during Indian independence struggle.
Rai said that people irrespective of their caste or religion, fought for this nation and the "struggle to free India from the clutches of the British was secular." Therefore, he said, it was the duty of every citizen to protect the Constitution of India and to safeguard unity, harmony and diversity to make the nation the strongest in the world.
He also claimed that the BJP had failed to fulfill the promises given to the people of this country.
At the event, Professor B Shivaram Shetty enlightened the crowd on the importance of Quit India Movement during the freedom struggle.
DCC President Harish Kumar, MLC Ivan D'Souza, former minister Abayachandra Jain, former MLAs J R Lobo and Moideen Bawa and others were present.
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