Congress Assumes Ownership of Shaheed Smarak in Patna

Congress leaders at the Shaheed Smarak in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Claiming ownership on the Shaheed Smarak just outside the state Assembly, Congress leaders led by Bihar Education Minister and Congress state President Ashok Chowdhary placed party flags in the hands of the seven martyrs who were gunned down by British soldiers on August 11, 1942 while fighting for the independence of India.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the 'Quit India' call, Congress leaders arrived at the Shaheed Smarak and took a pledge to protect the nation while putting Congress flags in the hands of seven martyrs thus sparking an outrage by the leaders of other parties.

"Congress does not own the martyrs from Patna. Their action showed the shallowness of the Congress Party that has insulted all those who gave their lives while fighting for the freedom of the nation," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sanjay Mayukh.

Fighting back allegations, Congress state spokesperson Harkhu Jha said that there was nothing wrong in placing Congress flags in the hands of the martyrs since they all belonged to the Congress Party.

"It is our right to treat them as the members of our party since they all represented the Congress Party of the time," Jha said.


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