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Amit Shah’s baniya remark on Mahatma Gandhi: Gopalkrishna Gandhi reacts

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New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi would have laughed at chatur baniya description but for its “utter tastelessness and the hidden mischief in it, said Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah has said Mahatma Gandhi was a chatur baniya, a reference to the mercantile caste to which he was born, who had rightly advised dissolution of the Congress after Independence.

Addressing a select audience of “prominent citizens” in Raipur on Friday evening, Shah also said the Congress was not rooted in any ideology or principles and was sort of a “special purpose vehicle” to secure freedom.

In remarks that raised the hackles of the Congress, which demanded an apology from Shah as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP president went on term Mahatma Gandhi a “bahut chatur baniya”, a very shrewd baniya.

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