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Shah’s ‘chatur baniya’ remark towards Gandhi brings feuding Bihar ruling allies together


PATNA: The bickering ruling allies in Bihar, the RJD and the JD-U, today came together to launch massive attacks on BJP president Amit Shah for his ‘Chatur Baniaya’ remarks towards father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

“Amit Shahji has confined Gandhiji to a particular caste after describing him a baniya (tradesman). So far, people knew him as the father of the nation,” tweeted Yadav who happens to be the younger son of RJD president Lalu Prasad.

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He alleged the supporters of Nathuram Godse had apparently problems with Gandhiji since he was a votary of ‘peace, truth and non-violence’ while “BJP is strongly opposed to such principles”.

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The JD-U too joined the RJD in slamming the BJP chief over the issue.

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“At a time when the country is celebrating 100 years of Champaran Satyagrah of Gandhi, the BJP President has insulted him and the 1.25 crore people of India,” said JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.

The entire controversy generated after the BJP chief called Gandhi as a ‘chatur baniya’ during his tour of Chhattisgarh. He made the remark in his address at Raipur on Friday, as per media reports.

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The BJP chief is in Chhattisgarh as part of his nationwide tour in preparation for the next round of elections in 2018 and 2019.

According to reports, Shah said that Mahatma Gandhi even contemplated dissolving the Congress post independence.

Meanwhile, the Congress had demanded an apology from the BJP chief for his remarks.

Congress leader Randeep S Surjewala has sought apology from the BJP chief for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.

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