Cong demands apology from Shah, Modi for remarks on Gandhi

Amit Shah. Credit PTI

BJP President Amit Shah. Credit PTI

Shah made the reference to Gandhi's caste while telling a select audience in Raipur on Friday how the bahut chatur baniya (very shrewd baniya) had rightly called for the dissolution of the Congress after Independence.

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Saturday demanded unconditional apology from BJP President Amit Shah to the people of the country for insulting the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

"Amit Shah has belittled Mahatma Gandhi and the Independence struggle..."

On the other hand, JD-U ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders said that Shah, by calling Gandhi a "chatur baniya", had exposed his own and the BJP's mindset and their real agenda.

Shah applauded Chief Minister Raman Singh for bringing out the state from the "BIMARU" tag and said that a fourth term for the BJP government in the state was in the offing. He said that that the party's aim was not to make prime ministers but to make India a world leader.

Addressing the media, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "Amit Shah has insulted Mahatma Gandhi, the freedom movement and the sacrifice of freedom fighters by his statement".

Meanwhile, the Congress had demanded an apology from the BJP chief for his remarks. "But in reality, before Independence, the British used RSS and Hindu Mahasabha as a SPV for the country's partition".

Congress workers were in support of the farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Surjewala said, adding, 'We back the farmers.

Slamming the BJP chief, Surjewala charged, "Amit Shah, who himself is a trader of power, is saying that the freedom movement was a business model".

He added that it was clear that if Congress president Sonia Gandhi stepped away, Rahul Gandhi would take over as Congress president but nobody could predict who the next BJP president would be.

AICC also decried Shah for identifying Gandhi by his caste, tweeting that "Bapu stood tall, transcending caste, creed, region, race, religion & bigotry".

"There are some parties where only dynastic rule prevails".

The CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said the father of the nation should be respected by everyone.

Along with praising the BJP, Shah also for a change eulogised the left.

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