RSS must give Modi history lessons on Sardar Patel: Digvijaya

It may be a different matter that the Congress has for long been accused of not honouring Congress leaders other than those from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty but for now, it appears, the party is in no mood to let BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi take over the legacy of India's first Home minister Sardar Patel.

Continuing their tirade against what they call Modi's attempts hijack of Patel's legacy, senior Congress leaders took on Modi saying he needs to get his history right especially since he comes for an organisation Patel detested.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in Gujarat. PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in Gujarat. PTI

Early this morning, Congress General Secretary Digivijya Singh continued his attack on the Sangh Parivar on Twitter, saying Modi is yet to learn Indian history.

"RSS and BJP must give Modi lessons in Indian History to avoid such guffaws. Or this is the History taught in Saraswati Shishu Mandir? (sic)"

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, too, hit out at the Gujarat CM, comparing his actions to that of the fascists.

"3Oth Jan1933 Hitler becomes German Chancellor 27th Feb 1933 he burns the Reichstag language of fascism is a prelude to it's actions Nitishji," said Tewari.

"Irony of History is fascists & totalitarianism invariably usurp power thru democracy only to subvert it totally A great evil stalks our land," Tewari further tweeted.

Taking a dig at Modi's comment that the country would have been much different had Sardar Patel been the first Prime Minister, Tewari tweeted, "If RSS had honored commitment given to Sardar to get unbanned post the killing of the Mahatma, BJP would have had a different candidate 2013!"

On Tuesday, speaking first at the inauguartion of a museum dedicated to Patel, Modi had said: "There will always be the regret in every Indian that Sardar saheb was not our first PM. Had it been so, India's destiny would have been different."

Replying to him soon after, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said: "Sardar Patel was a secular leader. And I am proud to be a member of a political party with which he was associated. He was secular to the core... What was common between Nehru, Patel and Azad was their secular and liberal attitude. All of them respected thoughts and ideas that were different from theirs'. That quality is rare these days."

The war of words is likely to continue this week as Modi will on Thursday lay the foundation for a statue of Sardar Patel, which he claims will be the tallest in the world.