Responding to Amit Shah’s comment on Mahatma Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked the BJP chief to withdraw his comment and demanded an apology from him on Saturday, reported PTI. “He should withdraw his comment and apologise for it. It is a deliberate act. It is unfortunate, uncalled for and unethical,” she told reporters in Siliguri. Lashing out at the BJP president, Banerjee said no one should make such comments only because they are in power. “Gandhiji is the father of the nation and he is an icon of the world. No one should think that he can say anything only because he is in power,” she said.
The West Bengal CM also took to Twitter to criticise the remark. In a tweet, Banerjee said, “When we, in public life, speak about icons of our nation and the world, we must always show utmost respect and sensitivity with language”. Meanwhile, Congress also demanded an apology from Amit Shah and Narendra Modi for insulting the father of the nation. “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 asked.
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“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. While addressing a rally on Friday, Amit Shah had referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a “bahut chatur baniya” and also called Congress 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,” Surjewala alleged.