Jalpaiguri, June 10: Terming BJP President Amit Shah’s remarks on Mahatma Gandhi as “unethical and unfortunate”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Shah should immediately withdraw the comments and apologise for insulting the Father of the Nation.
“Mahatma Gandhi is the Father of the Nation and he is an icon of the world. We cannot use such unjustified language about him. It is unethical, unfortunate and uncalled for,” Banerjee told the media here.
“I think such statements should be immediately withdrawn and an apology should be sought,” she said.
However, Banerjee felt a simple apology from Shah would not end the matter as, according to her, “this is an intentional blunder by him”.
Banerjee said politicians should learn to use their language more responsibly as they are public speakers. She also tweeted about the same.
“When we, in public life, speak about icons of our nation and the world, we must always show utmost respect and sensitivity with language,” she posted on Twitter.
Taking a swipe at Shah, the Trinamool Congress supremo claimed that no one should think of themselves as a superpower just because they are at the helm.
Shah, while addressing a gathering in Raipur on Friday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a very clever “baniya”.
“The Congress is not a party based on one ideology or one principle, it is a special purpose vehicle to gain independence. This is why Mahatma Gandhi with foresight, was a very clever baniya, he knew what was going to happen. He said immediately after independence that the Congress should be dissolved,” Shah had said.