Congress party expressed strong protest against these remarks and demanded Amit Shah to apologise
12 June, 2017, 15:56
Opposition party Indian National Congress went on to demand a formal apology from Amit Shah, the man who declared Gandhichatur baniya.
His party colleague Digvijaya Singh said the comments reflects the RSS and BJP's "utter contempt" for Mahatma Gandhi. He said that the Congress party was not formed based on any ideology or principles, which is why it had no political future.
"He said Shah and Modi must apologise to the nation, families of freedom fighters and every citizen as there can not be a bigger insult, greater crime than the act of "'deshdrom" (sedition) by the BJP president.
Addressing a group of "eminent persons" in Chattisgarh, he also said the Congress party was "merely an instrument of gaining independence".
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"Shah is himself a trader of power, and so he sees our freedom movement and Mahatma Gandhi's contribution as a business model", he said. JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told the media in Patna that Shah had insulted the nation and its people by using a "caste" name to address Mahatma Gandhi.
The BJP has started revealing its true colours now. "Desh chalaane ke, sarkar chalaane ke koi siddhant hi nahi the". "That government had also scrapped holidays on Good Friday and Old Goa Feast, thereby exhibiting their hatred towards the Father of the Nation as well as towards members of one of the minority communities", he stated. He had said this since the Congress had no ideology. "It was later converted into an organisation engaged in freedom struggle". He didn't do it, but some people are now completing the job of dissolving it. "Shah has crossed limits of politics". Chhattisgarh Congress general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said: "Such a comment on the father of the nation is highly condemnable".
The BJP has been trying to make inroads into the states, including Kerala and West Bengal, where it faired badly in 2014 elections, despite a Modi "wave".
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