Hegde's comments show BJP's intellectual bankruptcy: Congress

MUMBAI: The statements of the BJP leader on the independence movement led by Mahatma Gandhi reflected the intellectual bankruptcy of the BJP leaders, said Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat on Monday.

Hegde, a former Union minister, reportedly said at an event in Bangaluru that the entire freedom movement was organized with the consent and support of the British, and the independence movement led by Gandhi was a drama.

Objectioning objections to Hegde's comments, Congress has demanded that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Come to Parliament and clarify your position.

The statement by Deputy BJP Anantkumar Hegde is highly condemnable. This shows the intellectual bankruptcy of BJP leadership. His parent organization, the RSS, had collaborated with the British and opposed the fight for freedom, tweeted Thorat, who also heads the Ministry of Finance in Shiv Government of Maharashtra led by Sena.

He said Hegde's comments exposed the true face of the BJP that greets ( Mahatma Gandhi 's killer) Nathuram () as his idol.

State water resources minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil said Hegde had insulted the freedom movement with his comments.

The BJP came to power using Mahatma Gandhi 's name and is now insulting the Father of the Nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should expel from BJP if he disagrees with what the () MP has said, Patil, also chief, stated.