Naga Babu is the brother of Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan.

Tollywood actor Naga Babu during a meetingImage: Facebook/Naga Babu
news Controversy Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 16:57

Tollywood actor Konidela Naga Babu triggered a row on Tuesday after he wrote a tweet remembering Nathuram Godse on Twitter. The comment was criticised by several social media users as well as Congress leaders on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media, senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao said, "Naga Babu was not aware of Nathuram Godse all the while he was in the film industry. Now, after coming into politics, he came to know about Nathruam Godse. Saying that the person who killed Mahatma Gandhi is a patriot is not fair. It seems he is just implementing the RSS ideology. It's not fair to hurt the sentiments of people. He has hurt every Indian with such comments."

On Tuesday, K Naga Babu, who is the brother of actor Chiranjeevi and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan, tweeted that it's Nathuram Godse's birthday and added that he had been a true patriot. Naga Babu is affiliated to Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena party. He contested from the Narsapur constituency in the 2019 General Elections, but lost. As of now, the Jana Sena party is in alliance with the BJP.

"Whether it's correct or not to kill Gandhi is debatable. But Godse's version was never told in the media of those days. The media was working under the government, it's applicable even for today's media houses to some extent," he claimed in Telugu.

He further tweeted: "Though Godse knew that he would be humiliated after killing Gandhi, he still did it. However he was also a great patriot and that cannot be questioned. On the occasion of his birthday, I wanted to remember him. May his soul rest in peace."

In response to the controversy, Congress leader Vijayashanti tweeted, "Though religions and castes are different, God is one, no matter how many generations go by, Father of the Nation is one. For 130 crore Indians,  Mahatma is the one. . . even if Godse was alive, he would have asked only one thing on his birthday, 'Forgive me, Mahatma'. "

After the outrage, Naga Babu tweeted, "Please do understand, it was not my intention to support the crime that Nathuram Godse did. I just said that Nathuram's version could also have been told to the people.  I have immense respect for Mahatma Gandhi, I know about Mahatma Gandhi better than the people who are criticising me right now."

While some social media users criticised Naga Babu for his tweets on Godse, others said that he was doing so because he is affiliated to the BJP and added sarcastically that if Naga Babu had been in the CPI or CPI(M), he would have appreciated Che Guevera.