The Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha took out a Tiranga Yatra in Muzaffarnagar on Monday with a photograph of Nathuram Godse at the front.
The matter came to light only after a video clip of the yatra went viral on social media, late on Monday night.
Hindu Mahasabha leader Yogendra Varma said, "We had organized a Tiranga Yatra on Independence Day and the rally traveled across the district. All prominent Hindu leaders participated in it. We had put up photographs of several revolutionaries and Godse was one of them."
He further said that Godse was compelled to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi only because of the policies that he pursued.
"Godse fought his case and the government should make public all that he said in court. The government does not want the people to know why Gandhi was assassinated. Some of their policies of Gandhi were anti-Hindu. During partition, 30 lakh Hindus and Muslims were killed and Gandhi was responsible for this," he stated.
Yogendra Varma further said that if Godse assassinated Gandhi, he faced a death sentence for it too.
"Just like some belief Gandhi to be their inspiration, we have similar feelings for Godse," he added
Meanwhile, district officials, when contacted, either feigned complete ignorance about the rally or refused to comment on it. (AA/IANS)