October 14, 2021, 9:56 AM
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Tuesday, October 13, claimed that it was Mahatma Gandhi, who had asked Veer Savarkar to write mercy petitions while he was serving life sentence given by the British.

Singh remarked the same while speaking at an event to release a book on Veer Savarkar in Delhi.
Describing Savarkar a ‘national icon,’ he said, “Lies were spread about Savarkar repeatedly. It was spread that he filed many mercy petitions for seeking his release from jails. It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to file the mercy petitions.”
“People following certain ideologies accused Savarkar of being a fascist. In reality, he was a national hero; he was a freedom fighter and a staunch nationalist,” he added.
He also mentioned that Savarkar was India's first military strategic affairs expert in the 20th century, who gave the country a robust defence and diplomatic doctrine.

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