As Godse's effigy was burnt by Congress workers in Thane in Maharashtra, the BJP distanced itself from the right wing outfit's programme and attacked the Congress for linking it with Godse's death anniversary.
"We observed the martyrdom day of Godse at 100 locations across India. A website on the life and times of Godse was launched by our Meerut unit," Hindu Mahasabha president Chandra Prakash Kaushik told reporters in Delhi.
He said a book on the life and ideals of Godse was released in Delhi. Godse was hanged on November 15, 1949 following his conviction in the killing of Gandhi on January 30, 1948. But senior RSS ideologue MG Vaidya disapproved of attempts to glorify Godse.
"I do not know which organisation is glorifying him. But I believe that to glorify him is wrong," he said. Noting that Gandhi and Godse could have different ideologies, he said ideological battles have to be fought through ideology and it has 'no place for bloodshed'.

Vaidya said while Gandhi had spread awareness about independence in his lifetime, it does not mean that 'we agree with all his policies'.
"Some people say it will bring pride to Hindutva. No. It will bring a bad name to Hindutva," he said in an apparent reference to Hindu Mahasabha's programme. "I can even say, Hindutva has suffered due to the assassination of Gandhi," he said.

Congress workers in Maharashtra's Thane burnt Godse's effigy in protest against the Mahasabha's action and those supporting the programme.

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