Chennai, Jan 30 (PTI) Over a decade after he shocked the country claiming Mahatma Gandhi did not utter the words ‘Hey Ram’ when he was assassinated 70 years ago, his nonagenarian personal attendant today said he was misquoted earlier. Also Read - Mahatma Gandhi Statue Vandalised in United States, India Condemns Malicious Act
Venkita Kalyanam, who was Bapu’s personal secretary between 1943 and 1948, told PTI: “I never said Gandhiji did not say ‘Hey Ram’ at all. What I had said was I did not hear him saying ‘Hey Ram’… Mahatma may have said that… I do not know.” Also Read - Within 48 Hrs of Opening, Hindu Mahasabha's Nathuram Godse Study Centre Shut
The 96-year-old, who claims to be a witness to the horrific event on January 30, 1948, said he “could not hear anything due to the commotion after the incident”. Also Read - Hindu Mahasabha to Launch YouTube Channel on Nathuram Godse to Tell Youth About 'Good Work' Done by Him
“Everybody was shouting when the Mahatma was shot. I could not hear anything in the din. He may have uttered ‘Hey Ram’. I do not know,” Kalyanam said.
He had stunned the country in 2006 when he told a press conference in Kollam Bapu did not say “Hey Ram” when he fell to the bullets of Nathuram Godse.
Mahatma’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi had rubbished the remark then.
Citing Sardar Gurbachan Singh’s testimony in the assassination trial, Tushar Gandhi had said that after being gunned down, Bapu had folded hands and uttered the words ‘Hey Ram’.
Kalyanam added Godse killed Gandhiji only once, but political parties were doing it everyday by not following his teachings.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.