Mahatma Gandhi was ‘chatur baniya’, Congress mere “special purpose vehicle” for freedom: Amit Shah
BJP leader Amit Shah said that Mahatma Gandhi was a “chatur baniya”, referring to the mercantile caste to which he had been born, who had just recommended the dissolution of the Congress after independence.
Speaking to a small audience of “eminent citizens” in Raipur Friday night, Shah also said that Congress had no roots in ideology or principles and was a kind of “special vehicle” to guarantee freedom.
In statements that raised the feathers of the Congress’s neck, demanding an apology from Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president was named “Chatur Chest Baniya” Mahatma Gandhi, a very wise Baniya.
“The Congress Party … was established as a club by a British man. It then became an organization dedicated to fighting freedom,” Shah said.
It had in its womb both the right and left people like Maulana Azad, Pandit Madan Mohan Malawi and many others said.
“People of different ideologies and thoughts are associated with Congress to gain their independence. Congress had no ideology or set of principles and has been used only as a special vehicle to secure freedom.
“And so Mahatma Gandhi, with great vision – who was a very wise Baniya – knew what would happen in the future He said that immediately after independence that Congress had to be dissolved ..”
Mahatma Gandhi could not do that, but now some people complete dissolution of the work Congress, said the head of the BJP in a glimpse evident in the current direction of Congress.
Of the 1 650 political parties in India, only the BJP and the Communist Party of India supported internal democracy, he said.
“It is clear that after President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi takes over, but no one can predict who would be the next BJP president after me,” Shah said.
Referring to the alleged anti-national slogans raised at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shah said that all would be described as anti-national.
Shah’s statements about Mahatma Gandhi led to immediate criticism of the Congress in Chhattisgarh and Delhi.
“Such a comment on the nation’s father is very reprehensible. Shah crossed the boundaries of politics,” said Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, Secretary General of the State Congress.
In New Delhi, party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said the Shah’s statements were “an insult to freedom fighters, their sacrifices and Gandhi’s.”