Amit Shah calls Mahatma Gandhi 'chatur baniya': Mamata Banerjee demands apology

Taking strong exception to BJP president Amit Shah's comment on Mahatma Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demanded that he withdraw it and apologise.

PTI June 10, 2017 15:25:13 IST
Amit Shah calls Mahatma Gandhi 'chatur baniya': Mamata Banerjee demands apology

Siliguri: Taking strong exception to BJP president Amit Shah's comment on Mahatma Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday demanded that he withdraw it and apologise to the country.

"He should withdraw his comment and apologise for it. It is a deliberate act. It is unfortunate, uncalled for and unethical," she told reporters in Siliguri.

"Gandhiji is the father of the nation and an icon of the world. No one should think that he (Shah) can say anything only because he is in power", she said.

In a tweet, Banerjee said, "When we, in public life, speak about icons of our nation and the world, we must always show utmost respect and sensitivity with language".

The BJP chief had on Friday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a "bahut chatur baniya" (a very clever Baniya - the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur.

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