DMK slams Amit Shah’s ‘chatur bania’ remark on Mahatma Gandhi

Such a remark by Shah, the national president of BJP, which had a "brute majority", was "regrettable", DMK working chief MK Stalin said.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:June 11, 2017 4:33 pm
mk stalin, dmk, tamil nadu opposition, indian express DMK Working President MK Stalin. (PTI File Photo)

The DMK on Monday hit out at BJP chief Amit Shah for describing Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘chatur bania’, saying it was a “demeaning” remark. Gandhi had made people realise that India was a ‘bouquet’ of many faiths, DMK working president M K Stalin said. Such a remark by Shah, the national president of BJP, which had a “brute majority”, was “regrettable”, Stalin, also leader of the opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said. “On behalf of DMK, I strongly condemn it,” he told reporters in Chennai.

During his visit to Chhattisgarh, Shah had said Congress was ‘special purpose vehicle’ to secure freedom, with its members comprising those with different ideologies. “And therefore, Mahatma Gandhi, with a lot of foresight — he was a very shrewd baniya — he knew what was going to happen in future. He had said immediately after Independence that Congress should be dissolved,” Shah had said.

Shah’s reference to the mercantile caste of Gandhi has sparked a political row with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding an apology from him for allegedly insulting the Father of the Nation.

Responding to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s statement that Stalin’s efforts to bring down the AIADMK government had failed, the DMK leader said he was not involved in any such efforts. “They are themselves toppling their government,” he said in an apparent reference to the split in AIADMK, with Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam leading two factions amidst perceived efforts by party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran to assert his position.

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    HOMER
    Jun 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    Since when did this son of a godless commie defend HIJI when the father doesn't even have respect for Sri Ram or any or our cultural heritage?
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      HOMER
      Jun 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm
      The editor seems to think HIJI is offensive and cuts out the name of the father of the nation so as not to offend some godless ANTI-NATIONAL!
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      din
      Jun 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm
      There is nothing wrong Mahatma was cleverly shrewd that's why we had par ion AND he was Vanyaa cast called in Gujarati (bania) bania in Punjabi or Hindi AND what DMK call in their language is striping rude Amit Shah Himself is Baniya he praised one of Mahatmas quality (is one forbid to uter any thing about Mahatma Ghandhiji ? then why dont they go on rampage when Rahul and Family used Mahatmas surname (Sonia and rahul are truly KHAN and not Ghandhi
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        Anil S
        Jun 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm
        Dear Indians, It is a shame on all political parties of all hue and shades, accept of course DMK; to have lumped such blasphemous and sacrilegious statement made at the national level. There was no voice raised! When there is no doubt that, the 'castiest' statement was made in a derogatory manner with overall intention to belittle him! Mahatma hiji is the father of our nation. And we should remain standby to take up, against anyone, who makes a derogatory statement against him or our heritage. We should not try to destroy our past to make progress. Thanks.
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          Prem Silhi
          Jun 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm
          Amit Shah's statement is mischievously misconstrued by the enemies of the nation led by the Indian National Congress, the Mahatma wanted disbanded forthwith.
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            HOMER
            Jun 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm
            Absolutely true! Especially comments from this son of a godless father still greedy for power and money with one foot in the grave!
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            HOMER
            Jun 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm
            Well said!
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            Ramanan
            Jun 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm
            Since when did the DMK leader know Hindi? It may be read out of context.
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              Prem Silhi
              Jun 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm
              Not only there is a problem with understanding of the Hindi language here but unfortunately the sad or the most damaging part is the context or the interpretation of a given language through the medium of English language the 1885-born Indian National Congress encouraged as the common language after the so-called independence that never found favor with majority of the Indians.
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