Mahatma Gandhi was ‘chatur baniya’, Congress mere “special purpose vehicle” for freedom: Amit Shah

Mahatma Gandhi couldn't do that, but now some people are completing the task of dissolution of Congress, the BJP chief added in an apparent jibe at the present Congress leadership.

By: PTI | Raipur | Updated: June 10, 2017 2:59 pm
mahatma gandhi, Amit Shah, india news, indian express news Shah’s remarks on Mahatma Gandhi led to immediate criticism from the Congress in Chhattisgarh and in New Delhi. (Source: PTI Photo)

BJP chief Amit Shah has said Mahatma Gandhi was a “chatur baniya”, a reference to the mercantile caste to which he was born, who had rightly advised dissolution of the Congress after Independence. Addressing a select audience of “prominent citizens” at Raipur on Friday evening, Shah also said the Congress was not rooted in any ideology or principles and was sort of a “special purpose vehicle” to secure freedom. In remarks that raised the hackles of the Congress, which demanded an apology from Shah as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP president went on term Mahatma Gandhi a “bahut chatur baniya”, a very shrewd baniya.

“The Congress party… was constituted as a club by a British man. It was later converted into an organisation engaged in freedom struggle,” Shah said.

It had in its fold both right and left-leaning people like Maulana Azad, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and many others, he said.

“People of various ideologies and thinking associated themselves with Congress to gain independence. Congress didn’t have any ideology or set of principles and it was only used as a special purpose vehicle to secure freedom.

“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 the Independence that Congress should be dissolved.”

Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t do that, but now some people are completing the task of dissolution of Congress, the BJP chief added in an apparent jibe at the present Congress leadership.

Amongst the 1,650 political parties in India, only the BJP and the Communist Party of India have upheld internal democracy, he said.

“There are some parties where only dynastic rule prevails. It was clear that after Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi would take over, but nobody can predict who would be the next BJP president after me,” Shah said.

Referring to alleged anti-national slogans raised in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shah said whoever does so will be termed as anti-national.

Shah’s remarks on Mahatma Gandhi led to immediate criticism from the Congress in Chhattisgarh and in New Delhi.

“Such a comment on the father of the nation is highly condemnable. Shah has crossed limits of politics,” said state Congress general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.

In New Delhi, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Shah’s remarks were “an insult to freedom fighters, their sacrifices and also to Gandhi”.

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    ANS
    Jun 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    From 1909 to 1947, all Chief Ministers of all British administered states of India were from the Congress. How was Congress fighting for Indian freedom when its members were sitting in power from muni lity to Viceroy's Council? India was created because of World War 2 not because of Congress. Congress was a collection of politically ambitious non-royalty Indians who wanted to be close to British power. hi was a smart politician and no Mahatma. Amit Shah should have the guts to speak the w truth before the people of this country.
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      Krishnaswamy Swamy
      Jun 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm
      Has Amit Shah forgotten pseudo nationalists like Veer Savarkar, who are revered by the Sangh Parivar despite their having shamelessly tendered unconditional apologies to the British Crown for his having parti ted in freedom struggle and also promising to convert other freedom fighters as loyal subjects of the British Crown? Perhaps, this is nationalist ideology of the Sangh Parivar! The slogans like "Bharat mata ki Jai" originates just from the tip of the tongues of the Bhakts and never from their hearts.
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        ANS
        Jun 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm
        Ha Ha Ha India is still following British Crown model of government only and you are abusing British here? Civil Service, IAS, IPS, Judiciary, Railway, Parliament everything is given to India by British only. What a hypocrite you are.
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          ram
          Jun 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm
          No sir,India is not fallowing British Model now.Now we have Ramdev Ji Maharaj {aka Shri Ramkisahn Ji Yadav }as Rajguru.We have half a dozen Sanyasis In our Central Govt {aka Modi Sarkar} who sit with beef eaters in Cabinet meeting.We have Mahant of Gorakh Nath Muth ,Yogiraj aaditya Nath as chief Minister.So far as Cabinet is considered we are following our ancient Bhartiya Model. Our Minister have ample time to organise events like Yog Shiver .Many CMs are w time event Manager {EM} and only Part Time CMs Our democracy has so strong that we send students to jail for showing black flags { this type of protest is permissible in British Model}to a Yogi who happens to be Chief Minister
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        Pradeep Raghavan
        Jun 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm
        This Encounter Specialist is a no. 1 goon of Gujarat.
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          Krishnaswamy Swamy
          Jun 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm
          Has Amit Shah forgotten pseudo nationalists like Veer Savarkar, who are revered by the Sangh Parivar despite their having shamelessly tendered unconditional apologies to the British Crown for his having parti ted in freedom struggle and also promising to convert other freedom fighters as loyal subjects of the British Crown?
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            jithin
            Jun 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm
            yes that is why his party was busy acting like Britishers pimp during independence struggle....
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              ANS
              Jun 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
              Congress was in power in every single muni lity of India from 1909 to 1947. Every single mayor, Chief Minister, member of Viceroy Council in India was from Congress party. What independence struggle are you talking about? If Congressis were strugg for independence then why were they contesting elections and holding offices of power?
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                ram
                Jun 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm
                Very good observation by person who took birth in a RSS Shaka .. Real freedom fighters were those who used to drill in the uniform { Khaki Chaddhi and white vest} provided by their British Master...{ neither chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj nor Maharana Pratap ever wore Khaki Chaddhi nad white vest}
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