THE CONGRESS on Wednesday reacted strongly against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s reported remark at a function here on Tuesday in which he sought to equate well-acclaimed martyrs to ‘shroud thieves’ (Kafan Chor) while quoting a couplet.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi, while condemning the Chief Minister’s observation at the function held to welcome the Azad Sandesh Yatra, said Chouhan belonged to a ‘clan’ which had made no contribution to the freedom struggle of the country and as such had no right to speak about martyrs and their recognition or non-recognition in the history.
She said BJP and RSS leaders ought to explain their own contribution in the freedom struggle rather than comment on who had done how much for the country during freedom struggle.
She said Chouhan seemed to believe that supporting communal fascism, feudalism and colonialism constituted patriotism. There could be no greater ‘Kafan Chor’ than those who supported the British during freedom struggle, she added.
Reacting similarly, State Congress spokesperson Manak Agrawal warned the State BJP leaders to exercise restrain in making any observation about the Congress leaders or else the Congress would start paying in the same coin. He further said that Chief Minister should apologise for his suggestion that Mahatma Gandhi did not win independence for the nation but the CM is not expected to do it as he is eying to consolidate BJP’s vote bank by speaking such ‘humbug’.