The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked its MP, Anantkumar Hegde, to come out with an apology over his latest remark on Mahatma Gandhi. that has stirred controversy, sources said.
BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde had stirred a hornet’s nest on Saturday for his attack on Mahatma Gandhi and called the freedom struggle led by him a "drama". According to sources, the BJP is upset over Anantkumar Hegde's remark on Mahatma Gandhi and has asked him for an apology. Hegde also made a remark that how "such people" come to be called 'Mahatma' in India.
While addressing a public event in Bengaluru on Saturday, the Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada said the entire freedom movement was "staged with the consent and support of the British".
The Congress on Monday slammed the BJP leader, Congress Senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify his position on the objectionable remarks by BJP leader Ananthkumar Hegde against Mahatma Gandhi.
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said the father of the nation does not need a certificate from the "cadre of Britishers chamchas and spies. "Mahatma Gandhi does not need a certificate from cadre of Britishers 'chamchas and spies'," Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said in a tweet. It is high time the BJP is renamed 'Nathuram Godse Party', he added.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also condemned BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde for calling Mahatma Gandhi-led freedom movement a "drama", saying the BJP has no regard for the father of the nation.