The Congress and JDU has asked for an apology from the BJP President.

Mahatma Gandhi trends on Twitter after Amit Shah calls him a clever BaniyaPTI
news News Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 17:57

"The Congress is not a party based on one ideology or one principle, it is a special purpose vehicle to gain independence… this is why Mahatma Gandhi with foresight, he was a very clever baniya, he knew what was going to happen, he said immediately after independence that the Congress should be dissolved.,” BJP President Amit Shah told a crowd in Raipur on Friday.

Amit Shah’s reference to Mahatma Gandhi as ‘chatur Baniya’ or ‘c;ever Baniya’ has raised tha hackles with Congress, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and other parties protesting.

JD-U Spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told the media that Shah had insulted the nation and its people by using a "caste" name to address Mahatma Gandhi.

"At a time when the country is celebrating 100 years of Champaran Satyagrah of Gandhi, the BJP President has insulted him and the 1.25 crore people of India."

Neeraj said Shah, who was himself an accused in serious criminal charges and jailed for his criminal acts, was now targeting Mahatma Gandhi by naming his caste. "It is shameful and unforgivable."

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "By associating Mahatma Gandhi with a business model, he has insulted the sacrifices that were made during the freedom struggle. The Britishers used Hindu Mahasabha and the Sangh as a special purpose vehicle for the partition of the country."

"After independence, they have become a vehicle to oppress Dalits, and the weaker sections. This is their real face and character," he added.

Slamming Shah, Surjewala said: "Identifying Gandhi with caste exposes the real face, character and mindest of Amit Shah."

"We demand that Amit Shah, BJP and Prime Minister Narendra should apologise to the people and the families of the freedom fighters of the country for insulting their struggle. Shah has indulged in a heinous crime and an anti-national act. There can't be a bigger crime than this," he said.

On Twitter, #Mahatma Gandhi was trending on Saturday.

 

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