BJP president Amit Shah on Friday termed Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘bahut chatur baniya’ while addressing ameet in Chhattisgarh. “Bahut chatur baniya tha woh, usko maloom tha aage kya hone waala hai,” Shah was quoted as saying. He was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons”, on the second day of his three-day trip to the Chhattisgarh, in a bid to strengthen the party before elections scheduled for late 2018.
“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 quotes him as saying.
He also hailed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for having a clear approach. He said that “clarity of thought” helped the party take firm stances 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.
Noteworthy, Shah also applauded the Raman Singh government for bringing out Chhattisgarh from the tag of ‘BIMARU’. He also said that a fourth term for the BJP in the state was imminent.