New Delhi, Oct 12: Union Minister Uma Bharti on Thursday said that if someone has gained the maximum from Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, it is the Congress. “Mahatma Gandhi had plans to disperse the Congress hence, the maximum gain of his assassination has been reaped out by the Congress,” Uma Bharti was quoted as saying by ANI in Banaskantha in Gujarat. (ALSO READ – Was There a Second Assassin Who Shot Mahatma Gandhi? Mystery Deepens)

Reportedly, she also said that it is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which has suffered the most due to the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. “Who benefited from the death of Gandhi? The RSS suffered and so did the country but it was the Congress which benefited,” the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation was quoted as saying.

Her statement comes on a day when the Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to announce the poll schedule for the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. The state is scheduled to go to polls in December this year, CEC Achal Kumar Joti had said during a media briefing recently.

A few days before, the Supreme Court had appointed senior lawyer Amrender Sharan as Amicus Curiae or impartial adviser to examine whether there is scope for re-investigating the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

The appointment was made while the court was hearing a petition by one Dr Pankaj Phadnis who sought further investigation into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi alleging it to be ‘one of the biggest cover-ups in history’.

Phadnis has challenged the decision of the Bombay High Court which on June 6, 2016 had dismissed his PIL on two grounds — firstly, that the findings of fact have been recorded by the competent court and confirmed right up to the apex court, and secondly, the Kapur Commission has submitted its report and made the observations in 1969, while the present petition has been filed 46 years later.

In the petition, Phadnis has also questioned the ‘three bullet theory’ relied upon by various courts of law to hold the conviction of accused — Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte, who were hanged to death on November 15, 1949, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was given the benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.

He has claimed that the Justice J L Kapur Commission of Inquiry set up in 1966 was not able to unearth the entire conspiracy that had led to the killing of Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.

(Inputs from PTI)