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Amit Shah says Mahatma Gandhi a ‘chatur bania’

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  • Congress demands apology from Amit Shah for remarks on Mahatma Gandhi

  • JD-U slams Amit Shah for calling Gandhi ‘chatur bania’


Raipur, 10 June 2017 : BJP national president Amit Shah has targeted the party workers in Raipur, Chhattisgarh to win 65 seats in the state assembly elections. While addressing the program, Amit Shah referred to the Congress in which he referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘chatur bania’.

Shah said, “Congress kisi ek vichaar dhaara ke adhaar par, kisi ek siddhant ke adhaar par bani hui party hi nahi hai, woh azadi prapt karne ka ek special purpose vehicle hai, azadi prapt karne ka ek saadhan tha. Aur isi liye Mahatma Gandhi ne durandesi ke saath, bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai, usne azadi ke baad turant kaha tha, Congress ko bikher dena chahiye. Mahatma Gandhi ne nahi kiya, lekin ab kuch log usko bikherne ka kaam samapt kar rahe hain. Isliye hi kaha tha Mahatma Gandhi ne, kyunki Congress ki koi ideology hi nahi thi, siddhanto ke aadhar par bani hui party hi nahi thi. Desh chalaane ke, sarkar chalaane ke koi siddhant hi nahi the. (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.


He didn’t do it, but some people are now completing the job of dissolving it. He had said this because the Congress had no ideology, was not formed based on a principle, and did not have any principle to run the country or government,” he said.

“They (the Congress) think someone will say this, someone will say that. But we have no confusion. We are clear. Agar koi desh drohi naare lagayega, wo deshdrohi kahlaya jayega,” he said.

Shah further said, “only two parties, BJP and CPI(M), out of the 1650 political organisations in India, have inner democracy”

He said 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.

Congress demands apology from Amit Shah for remarks on Mahatma Gandhi

The Congress on Saturday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah for his remarks about Mahatma Gandhi being a “clever baniya”.

“Amit Shah’s remark about the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is an insult to him, it’s an insult to the freedom struggle and the sacrifices of the freedom fighters. Has the entire struggle become a mere business? Was building the nation was a business?” asked Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

“Only Amit Shah, who does trade of power and BJP can give such indications. Would Mahatma Gandhi be now identified with his caste?” he questioned.

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.”

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.

JD-U slams Amit Shah for calling Gandhi ‘chatur bania’

Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Saturday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah’s remark describing Mahatma Gandhi as a “chatur baniya”.

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.”

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.

However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday refused to say anything over the BJP President’s statement.

Nitish Kumar, also President of the JD-U, maintained silence over Shah’s speech.


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