BJP president Amit Shah on Friday called Mahatma Gandhi a “bahut chatur baniya.” Shah was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” of Chhattisgarh, on the second day of his three-day visit to the poll-bound state.
Shah said that the Congress was never a party based on principles, it was merely a “special purpose vehicle” to secure freedom and people from all ideologies, Left and right, socialist and communist, were part of its pre-independence movement. And Mahatma Gandhi, a “bahut chatur baniya” could presage the bleak future of the party.
“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. He didn’t do it, but some people are now completing the job of dissolving it. He had said this because the Congress had no ideology, was not formed based on a principle, and did not have any principle to run the country or government,” said Shah.
“They (the Congress) think someone will say this, someone will say that. But we have no confusion. We are clear. If someone will raise anti-national slogans, he will be called a traitor,” he said.