BJP asks Anant Kumar Hegde to apologies for Gandhi remark
New Delhi : BJP has asked its MP Anantkumar Hegde to tender an unconditional apology over his remarks where he called the freedom struggle of Mahatma Gandhi a 'staged drama'. Other than this he made several derogatory remarks at a public meeting on the weekend.
According to a news report, BJP's top leadership is not very happy with Hegde's remark and has claimed that such comments are unacceptable.
The entire freedom movement was "staged with the consent and support of the British", Hegde had said on Saturday at a public event in Bengaluru.
"None of these so-called leaders were beaten up by the cops even once. Their independence movement was one big drama. It was staged by these leaders with the approval of the British. It was not a genuine fight. It was an adjustment freedom struggle," the six-time MP had said.
"People supporting Congress keep saying that India got independence because of the fast unto death and satyagraha. This is not true. The British did not leave the country because of satyagraha. Britishers gave independence out of frustration. My blood boils when I read history. Such people become Mahatma in our country," Hegde said.
Congress has slammed BJP for the remarks and claimed that everyone know about the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi.
Senior leader Jagdambika Pal said, "The whole world knows about Gandhi and it may be his personal opinion."
Union Minister Ashwani Choubey said Hegde "should not have made the comment", that Gandhi is a well-respected figure in the nation.
Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Tushar Gandhi tweeted: "Hegde is correct in saying Bapu's Freedom Fight was a drama. It was so intense that it opened the eyes of the British to their immoral colonisation and enslavement of India."