BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh's Chief Minister Kamal Nath questioned BJP's intentions regarding Mahatama Gandhi after former Union Minister, Hegde, made a controversial remark on the Father of Nation.
In a tweet, he said BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde couldn't have dared to insult Mahatma Gandhi had the saffron party taken firm action against its Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur for glorifying Bapu's assassin Nathuram Godse.
"Had stern action instead of a cosmetic one been taken against the Bhopal MP for twice calling Godse a patriot, no one could have dared to make such a statement against Gandhiji," Nath tweeted.
राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी के स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन के समय किये गये सत्याग्रह को भाजपा सांसद द्वारा ड्रामा बताना बेहद आपत्तिजनक , बेहद निंदनीय।— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) February 4, 2020
भाजपा नेतृत्व यदि पूर्व में ही बापू के हत्यारे गोडसे को दो-दो बार देशभक्त बताने वाली भाजपा सांसद पर दिखावटी कार्यवाही की बजाय , कड़ी कार्यवाही कर देता तो शायद आज गांधी जी के बारे में इस तरह कहने की किसी में हिम्मत ना होती।— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) February 4, 2020
अब समय आ गया है कि भाजपा को स्पष्ट करना चाहिये कि वो किस विचारधारा के साथ है गांधी की या गोडसे की ?— Office Of Kamal Nath (@OfficeOfKNath) February 4, 2020
"Time has come for the BJP to show whether it is with Gandhiji or Godse," he said.
"BJP MP's statement that Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha during the freedom struggle was a drama was objectionable and highly deplorable," Kamal Nath tweeted.
Freedom fighters who did not sacrifice anything made the country believe that it attained independence through 'Upavas Satyagrah', Gandhi's preferred mode of agitation, and became Mahapurush (great person), Hegde had said at an event in Bengaluru on Saturday.
In his address in Kannada, Hegde, a former Union minister known for making controversial remarks, had said: "There were two types of freedom fighters, one who believed in 'shastra' (arms) and another in 'shaastra' (intellectual motivators)."
"There was also another category of freedom fighters which used to ask the British how to carry out the freedom struggle," Hegde had said at the event to remember Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.