The Congress demanded an apology from BJP president Amit shah for his comments on Mahatma Gandhi, saying what he said was an “insult” to the father of the nation, a PTI report said. “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 Surjewala was quoted asa saying by the news agency.
“We demand that Amit Shah, BJP and Prime Minister Narendra 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 added furher. Amit Shah had yesterday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a “bahut chatur baniya” (a very clever Baniya – the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur. The BJP president also said that the Congress was never a party based on principles. It was merely a “special purpose vehicle” for the freedom of the country.
“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,” Surjewala alleged. “Similarly, today BJP is acting as a SPV for few corporates for taking care of their business interests,” the Congress spokesperson added. According to him, Amit Shah’s statement were “an insult to freedom fighters, their sacrifices and also to Gandhi”, the PTI added.