He also said the Congress party … was constituted as a club by a British man.
BJP Chief Amit Shah has said Mahatma Gandhi was a “Chatur Baniya”, a reference to mercantile caste to which he was born, who had rightly advised the dissolution of Congress after Independence.
Addressing a select audience of the “prominent citizens” on Friday evening, Shah stated that the Congress was not rooted in any ideology or the principles and was sort of a “special purpose vehicle” to secure freedom.
In remarks that raised the hackles of Congress, which demanded an apology from Shah as well as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president went on to term Mahatma Gandhi a “bahut chatur baniya”, which means a very shrewd baniya.
“Congress party … was constituted as a club by British man. It was later converted into an organisation engaged in the freedom struggle,” Shah added.
He further added that,”Amongst 1,650 political parties in India, only BJP and Communist Party of India have upheld the internal democracy”.
In New Delhi, Party Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated that Shah’s remarks were “an insult to the freedom fighters, their sacrifices and to Mahatma Gandhi”.