“When Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, greats like them were jailed fighting for the country’s independence, did any Congress leader went to meet them? But the Congress leaders go and meet the corrupt who have been jailed”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Bidar, Karnataka on May 9. In a no holds barred attack on the Congress party, PM Modi asserted that no Congress leader had visited Bhagat Singh, B K Dutt and Vinayak D Savarkar when they were under imprisonment during British rule. Congress leaders instead choose to visit those who have been jailed for corruption.

Karnataka votes on May 12 and the run up to the election has witnessed fierce campaigning. PM Modi had earlier been caught on the wrong foot when in a poll rally, he made the false claim that General Thimayya had been insulted by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1948. The Prime Minister has now once again made a reference to history in his speech at Bidar. Alt News fact checked PM Modi’s claim.

Is it true that no Congress leader met these jailed freedom fighters?

India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in his autobiography ‘Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru’ recalls his meeting with Bhagat Singh when the latter was imprisoned in Lahore jail in 1929. It may be recalled that Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt were arrested after they exploded bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi in April, 1929. Nehru writes:

“I happened to be in Lahore when the hunger strike was already a month old. I was given permission to visit some of the prisoners in the prison, and I availed myself of this. I saw Bhagat Singh for the first time, and Jatindranath Das and a few others. They were all very weak and bedridden, and it was hardly possible to talk to them much. Bhagat Singh had an attractive, intellectual face, remarkably calm and peaceful. There seemed to be no anger in it. He looked and talked with great gentleness, but then I suppose that anyone who has been fasting for a month will look spiritual and gentle. Jatin Das looked milder still, soft and gentle like a young girl. He was in considerable pain when I saw him. He died later, as a result of fasting, on the sixty-first day of the hunger strike.”

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In fact, this event of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visiting Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt who were lodged in Lahore jail was reported by The Tribune in its editions of August 9 and August 10, 1929. It may be noted that in 1929, The Tribune was based in Lahore. The reports that appeared in The Tribune regarding the said event are reproduced below from The Tribune archives.

The report of August 9, 1929 states, “Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, accompanied by Dr. Gopi Chand, M.L.C, visited the Lahore Central and Borstal Jails today and interviewed the hunger strikers in the Lahore conspiracy case. Pandit Jawahar Lal first went to the Central jail where he met Sardar Bhagat Singh and Mr. B K Dutt with whom he held conversations about the hunger strike. After meeting these two prisoners he went to the Borstal jail where he met the other hunger strikers including Jatin Das, Ajoy Ghosh and Shiv Varma who were lying in hospital.” 

Source: The Tribune

The report of August 10, 1929 carried Pandit Nehru’s statement expressing his views and serious concern about the health of the hunger strikers.

Source: The Tribune

Alt News spoke to Professor Chaman Lal who is a retired professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and author of the book, Understanding Bhagat Singh. Professor Lal said, “Bhagat Singh’s relationship with the Congress was a love-hate relationship. Bhagat Singh’s family was part of Congress. His father was a Congress activist. Bhagat Singh had also attended Congress sessions with his father. Bradley Hall in Lahore where the Punjab Congress headquarters was based was used by Bhagat Singh and others for the Punjab Naujawan Bharat Sabha meetings. Both Jawaharlal Nehru and Motilal Nehru had met Bhagat Singh numerous times during the Lahore trial. Motilal Nehru had even formed a committee to press for the demands of the prisoners lodged in jail who had begun a fast unto death seeking humane conditions. Also, Jatin Das who became a martyr when he succumbed to his fast-unto-death, was attended to by Dr. Gopichand Bhargav who was Punjab Congress President and a regular visitor at the prison. There is no doubt that Bhagat Singh and Congress had very strong differences, but the Prime Minister’s claim is not true at all.”

While it is true that Bhagat Singh’s ideology and methods were not in consonance with Congress’s strategy which relied heavily on the Gandhian method of mass struggle, it is a fact that Jawaharlal Nehru had met Bhagat Singh when the latter was imprisoned by the British in 1929. Thus, there is no substance to PM Modi’s claim that no Congress leader had visited the heroes of the freedom struggle when they were jailed by the British.

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G V Rao
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G V Rao

A prime minister telling lies is something I am pained.
distorting history for a few seats ….. pathetic …

shree
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shree

technically Modi is right….Modi in actual statement says during the trial if anybody met Bhagat singh(chk Modi actual statement)……Actual Trial of Bhagat singh began in May 1930 to September 1930…..Pt Nehru accidentally met Bhagat singh on August 1929…not during crucial trial…..why accidentally?…Pt Nehru actually went there to know about Hunger strike(read 1929 article)…in that process Bhagat singh happens to be there hence Pt Nehru met him…..as per article he went there to discuss principle and terms of termination hunger strike(pls read the 1929 article) In his autobiography also Pt Nehru says “I happened to be Lahore and hunger strike was… Read more »

vaidyanadhan
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vaidyanadhan

Modi seems not aware of detailed Indian history. Every time he reads wrong reports prepared by ill informed secretaries / or one who prepares the speeches.

Vijay
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Vijay

Please do not blame the secretaries. This is all a well thought plan. He knows if a lie is told 100 times, it will become the truth. That’s the real truth

SSH NAQVI
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SSH NAQVI

Very true. If a country PM tells a lie no of times intentionally, it becomes the truth. Modi ji is strictly following RSS to score a few seats in assembly poll. Pathetic!!!

shree
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shree

technically Modi is right….Modi in actual statement says during the trial if anybody met Bhagat singh(chk Modi actual statement)……Actual Trial of Bhagat singh began in May 1930 to September 1930…..Pt Nehru accidentally met Bhagat singh on August 1929…not during crucial trial…..why accidentally?…Pt Nehru actually went there to know about Hunger strike(read 1929 article)…in that process Bhagat singh happens to be there hence Pt Nehru met him…..as per article he went there to discuss principle and terms of termination hunger strike(pls read the 1929 article) In his autobiography also Pt Nehru says “I happened to be Lahore and hunger strike was… Read more »

Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

Its evident that these people were busy in making political statement, yes there was so called visit to Bhagat Singh in Jail, since popularity of Bhagat singh was pitching higher then Nehru and other congress leaders, in order to make statement that he was aware of true freedom fighters condition still he is helpless.

Abhay
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Abhay

Bro. Take care. U r still mentally ill..

Btw headgader and jo bhi h wo RSS wale, wo gaye the milne?

Shiv Pratap
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Shiv Pratap

Even if it was so called did pm said so called he met he said I don’t know.
A pm who knows nothing about history, economics, geography, science and believes in false science false history false politics what kind of person we have chosen.
It pains to see we have worst pm ever. Anpadh pm.

Suresh
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Suresh

Did he check whether RSS people went to meet Bhagat singh??

Nanda Kishore
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Nanda Kishore

Chaddis know they did nothing to contribute to the independence movement and so continue to spew venom about everyone. In private they hate Gandhi with all their heart but offer platitudes in public. Sadly there are many takers for such nonsense because of abysmal knowledge of history and garden variety bigotry.

Surajit
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Surajit

Why such hoax story Alt news. Don’t you even checked whose Twitter handle is this.

Abid
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Abid

Forget about twitter handle, he said that at a rally in Bidar.
Just accept, our PM will say anything for votes and stay in power.

Kanwal jit Singh Gill
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Modi with fake degrees can’t read and know the facts. He just make false stories and Jhumlas for political benefits. A PM openly lying in election rallies.

Liaquath Mirza
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Liaquath Mirza

There’s no difference between the troll factory his party runs and his utterances. Both have a clear goal which is to confuse the masses and encash electorally on their gullibility. We live in morally bankrupt times.

Nilay
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Nilay

Thank you for doing the much required community service. In my opinion, an important point to be highlighted here is that the congress at the time of Bhagat Singh is NOT the congress of today. So, this blabing is completely irrelevant and misleading.

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

Little said about this educationally, morally and intellectually bankrupt guy whom I am ashamed to call my PM, the better. He is the only guy in the world who lies even while sleeping!

Suresh
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Suresh

He lies deliberately. He knows that stupid people will beleive it unconditionally. And the smart people don’t like him anyways. So, he knows his fan following and delivers as per their choice. A bit like Salman khan..

Atul
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Thanks PM Modi, atleast due his bluff, I visited the history wherein I got to know that Shahid Jatin Das died due to hunger Strike. Thanks for Exposing.

Pritish Pandit
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Pritish Pandit

The PM’s is a generalised statement and not any person specific. This conveyed about the ideology of the Congress in pre independent India. No need to drag him beyond limits for this reason.

hkjoshi
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hkjoshi

modi is our noisiest pm.doesn’t mind distorting facts when they do not suit the story he is determined to tell.

shirshendu Ghoshal
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shirshendu Ghoshal

Another distortion of history facts article suddenly published by tribune that Nehru visited the revolutionaries during the fast in Lahore prison in 1929 and interviewed the revolutionaries. Fact checks: Nobody were allowed to meet the revolutionaries ,parents of Bhaghat Singh met only twice once when his father tried to file clemency petition which Bhagat Singh denied &other day when his whole family met the day before he attained martyrdom along with Sukdhev & Rajguru . Netaji was not allowed even to take shaheed Jatin Das body from the prison who died due to fasting for 64 days in the Lahore… Read more »

shree
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shree

The intension of Pt.Nehru going to the jail in 1929 as per the article was to know about “Hunger strike”. In the process he met the following leaders like Bhagat Singh. The 1929 edition also says “with whom he held conversations about the hunger strikes” . Intension is clear he did not go there to meet Bhagat singh but for Hunger strike. Bhagat Singh Happens to be there in Lahore Jail doing Hunger strike along with other revolutionary leaders: hence Pt.Nehru met him. 1929 article never mentions Pt Nehru personally wanted to meet only Bhagat Singh in particular. 1929 article… Read more »

shree
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shree

Nehru mentions the meeting in his autobiography with Bhagat Singh. He writes “I happened to be in Lahore when the hunger strike was already a month old. I was given permission to visit some of the prisoners in the prison, and I availed myself of this_,” Breaking the Pt.Nehru’s statement 1. Pt. Nehru says “I happened to be in Lahore when the hunger strike was already a month old”. Can you imagine, great leader of Congress National movement goes to the Hunger strike when its is One month old, this shows his intension. 2. Pt Nehru says “he happened to… Read more »