The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday suspended Anil Saumitra, party’s social media head in Madhya Pradesh, for calling Mahatma Gandhi “father of Pakistan”. He was suspended from the primary membership of the party.
The saffron party also sought an explanation from the social media head within seven days or face stringent disciplinary action.
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Referring to Mahatma Gandhi, Saumitra in a Facebook post wrote, “He was the father of nation, but of Pakistan. Crores of people were born in India like Gandhi. Few were worthy and few worthless”.
On Thursday, BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur was severely censured by her party as well as the opposition for calling Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “deshbhakt (patriot)”. Her statement was condemned by BJP chief Amit Shah as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who earlier in the day said, “I will never be able to forgive her for insulting Bapu.”
But later at night, Thakur released a video statement apologising for her “personal remark”. “I respect Mahatma Gandhi, his contribution to the country cannot be forgotten. If my statement has hurt anyone, I apologise for it,” she said. Saying that her intention was not to hurt anyone, she claimed that she had been misquoted.
After BJP took action on him, Saumitra later claimed, “The concept of Pakistan was prepared by Britishers and its promulgators were Nehru (first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru) and Jinnah (Mohammed Ali Jinnah), who were in a hurry to become prime ministers. This process was blessed by Mahatma Gandhi,” PTI reported.
He further said, “Since Pakistan was carved out due to the silent blessings of Mahatma Gandhi, so he could be Rashtrapita of Pakistan.
“India was a nation since sanatan period, several saints and sages were its sons. So, this nation could have sons and not a father. Father of nation is an European concept, Gandhi could be a good son but, in known history, there is no father of nation in India.”