BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde said today without regret about his statements, in which he described the war for freedom led by Mahatma Gandhi as "great drama", which was staged with the "approval and support of the British". The former union minister, who has been censored by his party, said he stood by his testimony and had never mentioned Mahatma Gandhi.
"Whatever is shown in the media is a lie. I stand by my statement. I have never referred to a political party or Gandhi," Hegde told ANI news agency.
"If I said a word about Gandhi or (Jawaharlal) Nehru or a freedom fighter, show me," he insisted.
BJP sources said Mr. Hegde's statements angered leading politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party had insulted the MP and informed him that such comments were not acceptable.
The opposition protested loudly today in parliament against the widely condemned statements.
"None of these so-called leaders was beaten by the police once. Their independence movement was one big drama. It was staged by the leaders with the consent of the British. It was not a real struggle. It was freedom to adapt." Fight, "said the six-time MP.
"The British did not leave the country because of Satyagraha. The British gave independence out of frustration. My blood runs when I read history. Such people become Mahatma in our country," Hegde had annoyed.
In Lok Sabha, Congressman Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said those who insulted Gandhi were "Ravan ke aulad (children of Ravan)". Congress left the house, annoyed by the ruling party's response to Mr. Hegde's outrageous statements.
"All of these protests are being held peacefully. All of these peaceful protests are being held on the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma Gandhi who is worshiped around the world. This Mahatma Gandhi is being abused here. They are the children of Ravan. They are. " disrespect the Ram worshiper, "said Chaudhary, chairman of Congress at Lok Sabha.
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, who listed the government's role in promoting Gandhi's ideals on the occasion of his 150th birthday, said: "These people are causing an unnecessary problem. The member concerned said that he did not say something like this. We, the BJP -People are the real bhakts. These people are the followers of fake Gandhis like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. "