BJP president Amit Shah termed father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘bahut chatur baniya’ while addressing an event in Chhattisgarh. “Bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai,” Shah was quoted as saying.
Shah also attacked the Congress saying that it is a party, which is not based on principles. It was merely an instrument of gaining independence, he said.
“Congress kisi ek vichaar dhaara ke adhaar par, kisi ek siddhant ke adhaar par bani hui party hi nahi hai, woh azadi prapt karne ka ek special purpose vehicle hai, azadi prapt karne ka ek saadhan tha. Aur isi liye Mahatma Gandhi ne durandesi ke saath, bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai, usne azadi ke baad turant kaha tha, Congress ko bikher dena chahiye. Mahatma Gandhi ne nahi kiya, lekin ab kuch log usko bikherne ka kaam samapt kar rahe hain. (The Congress is not a party based on one ideology or one principle, it is a special purpose vehicle to gain independence…this is why Mahatma Gandhi with foresight, he was a very clever baniya, he knew what was going to happen, he said immediately after independence that the Congress should be dissolved,” the Indian Express quoted him as saying.
On the other hand, he praised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for having a clear approach. “Clarity of thought” aided the party take firm stands on issues. “If anybody raises anti-India slogans then in our sight he is an anti-national. We are clear about it,” he had said.
Incidentally, Shah also commended the Raman Singh government for removing Chhattisgarh from the tag of ‘BIMARU’. He also said that a fourth term for the BJP in the state is in the cards.