Political Row over ‘Sengol’: Congress Terms Symbol of Power Transfer “Bogus”, BJP Replies “Shameful Insult”


New Delhi: ‘Sengol’ became an issue of a political row between the Congress and the BJP on Friday. This political war of words over ‘Sengol’ erupted when Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed there is no documented evidence of Lord Mountbatten, C Rajagopalachari, and Jawaharlal Nehru describing the ‘Sengol’ as a symbol of the transfer of power by the British to India.

The senior Congress leader said claims to this effect are plain and simple — ‘bogus’.

Launching a counter-attack, Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Congress of heaping “another shameful insult”.

“Why does the Congress party hate Indian traditions and culture so much? A sacred Sengol was given to Pandit Nehru by a holy Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu to symbolize India’s freedom but it was banished to a museum as a ‘walking stick’,” Shah tweeted.

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