BJP chief calls Mahatma Gandhi 'bahut chatur baniya', Congress demands apology

Amit Shah. Credit PTI
BJP President Amit Shah. Credit PTI

10 June, 2017

Describing the Congress as a "special goal vehicle" to secure freedom, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said Mahatma Gandhi, a "bahut chatur baniya", knew that the party was without any ideology or principle and that is why he wanted its disintegration after the independence.

The Congress' response came a day after Shah had said that the party was not born out of ideology or principle and was just a tool for independence.

Addressing a select audience of "prominent citizens" in Raipur on Friday evening, Shah also said the Congress was not rooted in any ideology or principles and was sort of a "special goal vehicle" to secure freedom. Sachai yeh hai ke azadi ke pehlay gore angrez mahasabha aur sangh ka istemaal ek special goal vehicle ke taur par desh ke batwaare ke liye karte rahe. "Jo deshdrohi naare lagayega, woh deshdrohi kahlaya jayega", he said. He said, "Gandhi would have laughed at "chatur baniya" description but for its "utter tastelessness and the hidden mischief in it".

The BJP president is in the state to strengthen the party before the assembly elections, slated in late 2018. "This shows the character and ideology of the ruling party and its president".

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"As father of the nation everybody should respect Mahatma Gandhi".

"Congress kisi ek vichaar dhaara ke adhaar par, kisi ek siddhant ke adhaar par bani hui party hi nahi hai, woh azadi prapt karne ka ek special goal vehicle hai, azadi prapt karne ka ek saadhan tha". Immediately after independence, he said that Congress should be dissolved.

On the other hand, he hailed the BJP's "clarity of thought". Amongst the 1,650 political parties in India, only the BJP and the Communist Party of India have upheld internal democracy, he said. "We are clear. If someone will raise anti-national slogans, he will be called a traitor", he said. He said that Mahatma Gandhi knew this fact quite well, which is why he had highly recommended the dissolution of the Congress after India's independence.

According to Indian Express, Shah also applauded the Raman Singh government for bringing Chhattisgarh out from the "BIMARU" group.

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