Apologise for Gandhi remark: Congress to Amit Shah

The Congress called Shah a “power trader” and demanded an apology from him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CPI and CPM said Shah’s comments were “derogatory” and showed “contempt for Gandhiji”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2017 3:13 am
Amit Shah, BJP Chief Amit Shah, Mahatma Gandhi, Amit Shah Gandhi, BJP Chief Gandhi, India News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Amit Shah (PTI Photo)

Opposition parties Saturday criticised BJP president Amit Shah for describing Mahatma Gandhi as a “chatur baniya”. The Congress called Shah a “power trader” and demanded an apology from him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CPI and CPM said Shah’s comments were “derogatory” and showed “contempt for Gandhiji”. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said they were “uncalled for and unethical”. Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said, “Amit Shah has insulted Mahatma Gandhi, the freedom struggle and valiant sacrifices of freedom fighters… Satta ke vyapari Amit Shah aaj Mahatma Gandhi aur desh ke azadi ki ladaai ko vyaparik model bata rahe hain.”

Shah had said in Raipur on Friday that the Congress was not founded on an ideology or principle, rather, it was a “special purpose vehicle” to secure independence. Gandhi, he said, was a “chatur baniya” who understood this, and had, therefore, wanted the Congress to be disbanded after India won freedom. “…Bahut chatur baniya tha woh (Gandhi), usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai, usne azadi ke baad turant kaha tha, Congress ko bikher dena chahiye,” Shah said. On Saturday, Shah brushed aside the Opposition criticism. At a press conference on the last day of his three-day tour of Chhattisgarh, he said, “Chaliye bhaiya, maine jis reference mein kaha hai, wo sab log the unhone suna hai. Aur Surjewala ji ko Gandhiji ke bahut saare siddhanton ka jawab dena hai.”

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    Ravindran Nambiar
    Jun 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Mohandas Karamchand hi was born on 2 October 1869 to a Hindu Modh Baniya family in Porbandar (also known as Sudamapuri), a coastal town on the Kathiawar Peninsula and then part of the small princely state of Porbandar in the Kathiawar Agency of the Indian Empire. His father, Karamchand Uttamchand hi (1822–1885), served as the diwan (chief minister) of Porbandar state.- This sentence is from Wikipedia. It is true that he is a Baniya. Was he a fool? No, he was very clever. What is derogatory in the statement? If it is derogatory, then action has to be taken against Wikipedia. How does it become an offence in INDIA when hi is identified by his caste when the caste plays an important role right from the school admission to rank list to special consideration for certain castes are cons utional rights?
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      CHANCHAL MAJUMDAR
      Jun 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm
      As we know M K hi was an agent of british!
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      Harry
      Jun 11, 2017 at 5:31 am
      If Congress was really believing in hi they would have supported the new restriction that government put on transport of cattle, as the rule tries to minimize suffering of animals. But every thing about present Congress is fake. So their respect of hi is fake. There are more places bearing Nehru family names than hi name in hi's birthplace, Porbandar, itself.
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        Harry
        Jun 11, 2017 at 5:24 am
        Mahatma hi had never tried to hide his caste or religion and was proud of both. That can not be said about Congress leadership, after Mahatma hi. We don't know whether Indira, Rajiv, Sonia or Rahul are Hindu or not. They should publicly declare their faith.
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          mklburg
          Jun 11, 2017 at 5:03 am
          Is "Bania " is an expletive? come on Bania community rise up. Congress goons, traitors are once again at it, insulting w Bania community in India and abroad. If these selfish crooks had any respect for hiji they would have respected his only wish of dissolving the party immediately after independence but continued to hide behind hi name because they knew they will be exposed completely ,but for that will have no place to hide!
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            mklburg
            Jun 11, 2017 at 4:57 am
            Is "Bania " is an expletive? come on Bania community rise up. Congress goons, traitors are once again at it insulting w Bania community in India and abroad. If these selfish crooks had any respect for hiji they would have respected only wish of dissolving the party immediately after independence but continue to hide behind hi name because they knew they will be exposed completely , will have no place to hide!
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              Sitaram Mukkamala
              Jun 11, 2017 at 4:54 am
              It is a matter of shame that coming from the same state of Gujarat as Mahatma hi, Amit Shah called him "chatur Baniya" . Probably during freedom struggle neither hi himself nor other leaders identified him as a "baniya". With Bar- at- Law in hand, he chose to practice in South Africa. Probably the bitterness he experienced in South Africa drove him to take a plunge into India's freedom struggle. His style, his simple dress made him immensely popular. Given Hindus' love for caste and caste affiliations, a few tried to know the caste of the charismatic leader who single handedly made the British bend with "satyagraha" as a weapon. It is an Englishman man who gave birth to the idea of fighting the British under a single body named as "Congress". hi wanted dissolution of this umbrella body but Nehru had a different idea and became the first elected uncrowned king of India. Nehru's family continue to own Congress party and rule it whenever in power
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                Harry
                Jun 11, 2017 at 5:26 am
                Amit Shah is baniya himself. So there is no shame, unless they are ashamed of their caste and want to hide it. They are not Nehru family.
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                SP
                Jun 11, 2017 at 4:28 am
                hi wanted cows to be protected and today's congress slaughters them. They have more in common with leftists.
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                  mdharmnath
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 3:59 am
                  hi got freedom of India using Ahimsa as a weapon to fight.Had the congress be following the same ,after getting Independence , for the betterment of Indian masses then no otherwise bitter thought among the population of India would have emerged plunging the congress party to loose its power in the centre.That is why hi ,as a visionary,suggested to disband the congress once India got independence
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