New Delhi: Veer Savarkar’s grandson Ranjit Savarkar on Sunday requested the government to take criminal action against former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the ‘I am Gandhi, Not Savarkar’ jibe, stated a report. “This is like an attempt to break the country. When we don’t respect the national idols, the young generation loses their ideals. A country that does not have ideals, doesn’t have a future. That is why the government should take criminal action against him (Rahul Gandhi),” said Ranjit Savarkar told news agency ANI.

On Saturday, while addressing a Bharat Bachao rally in New Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had refused to apologise for his ‘rape in India’ remark against the BJP government.”I was told to apologise for something which is right. My name is not Rahul Savarkar. My name is Rahul Gandhi. I will never apologise for truth,” Gandhi had said, as per news agency ANI.

Calling Rahul Gandhi’s statement ‘unfortunate’, Ranjit Savarkar said that this pattern runs in his family. Meanwhile, Ranjit Savarkar also sought an apology from former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for calling Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj a ‘Lutera’ (robber). “Rahul is repeating the mistakes of his ancestors. Savarkar was in jail for 14 years, following which he was kept in house arrest for 13 years. He had also accepted that he will not step into politics for five years,” Ranjit Savarkar told news agency ANI.

Ranjit also urged Shiv Sena to expel Congress leaders from their government. “There is a trend of minority governments in the country. I believe BJP will not vote against you (Shiv Sena). Continue your power in Maharashtra but expel Congress leaders,” he said. Ranjit added that he will be approaching the High Court over Rahul Gandhi’s remark on Savarkar.

(With inputs from ANI)