Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Monday, Sep 13, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
National
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

High-voltage contest likely in Kasbapet

By Our Special Correspondent

PUNE, SEPT. 12. The October elections to the Maharashtra Assembly could see a high voltage contest in Pune's Kasbapet constituency with Himani Ashok Savarkar entering the fray.

She is the daughter of Gopal Godse, imprisoned along with his brother, Nathuram Godse, for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Her maiden name was Asilata Godse. She married Ashok Savarkar, elder son of Narayanrao Savarkar, the younger brother of V.D. Savarkar. Ms. Savarkar lost her husband last September.

In her bid to enter the Assembly, she has the support of Savarkar's only surviving son, Vishwas Savarkar, who lives in Mumbai. She has worked towards perpetuating the Savarkar legacy by initiating the publication of his collected works in Hindi and Marathi in 2002-2003.

Her father, Gopal Godse, is 83 years old and lives in Pune. Ms. Savarkar hopes that his appeal to vote for her, along with the renewed interest in Savarkar, will generate support for her among the traditional Hindu nationalist voters in Kasbapet, which includes areas such as Shaniwarpet, where the Savarkars live.

Besides the Hindu Mahasabha, her candidature is also being supported by Shankar Patil of the Hindu Ekta Andolan Paksha. The sitting MLA is Girish Bapat of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Anna Thorat, city unit chief of the Nationalist Congress Party had finished second in 1999.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

National

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu