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Say sorry for insulting Mahatma Gandhi: Congress to Amit Shah, PM Modi

BJP chief on Friday had referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a 'bahut chatur baniya'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BJP National President Amit Shah (Photo: Dalip Kumar)
BJP National President Amit Shah (Photo: Dalip Kumar)

The on Saturday took strong exception to Amit Shah's comments on Gandhi, saying they were an "insult" to the father of the nation, and demanded an apology from the president as well as Prime Minister Modi.

"Rather than fighting casteism, they (BJP) identified even the father of the nation with his caste. This shows the character and ideology of the ruling party and its president. Where will these people take the country?" party spokesperson Randeep asked.

"We demand that Amit Shah, and Prime Minister Modi apologise to the country, the families of freedom fighters and every citizen for insulting the freedom movement... And the father of the nation," he said.

The chief on Friday had referred to as a "bahutchaturbaniya" (a very clever Baniya - the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur.

Shah also said that had never been a party based on principles. It was merely a "special purpose vehicle" to secure freedom.

"Amit Shah, who himself is a trader of power, is today saying that the freedom movement was a business model. But in reality, before independence, Britishers used RSS and Hindu Mahasabha as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for partition of the country," alleged.

"Similarly, today BJP is acting as a SPV for few corporates for taking care of their business interests," the spokesperson added.

According to the Congress leader, Shah's remarks were "an insult to freedom fighters, their sacrifices and also to Gandhi".

First Published: Sat, June 10 2017. 13:33 IST