New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The BJP top leadership is unhappy with MP and former Union minister Anantkumar Hegde’s statement, calling the Mahatma Gandhi-led freedom movement a "drama", and has been asked to issue an unconditional apology, ANI quoted party sources saying on Monday. 

Hegde reportedly called the Mahatma Gandhi-led freedom movement a "drama" and said his "blood boiled" when he read history and "such people came to be called Mahatma".

The BJP MP from Kerala, who is known to give outrageous comments, made these remarks on Saturday at a public event in Bengaluru.

The entire freedom movement was "staged with the consent and support of the British", said Hegde, according to news agency ANI.

"None of these so-called leaders were beaten up by the cops even once. Their independence movement was one big drama. It was staged by these leaders with the approval of the British. It was not a genuine fight. It was an adjustment freedom struggle," the MP was quoted as saying.

The BJP leader also labelled as "drama" Mahatma Gandhi's hunger strikes and satyagraha.

"People supporting Congress keep saying that India got independence because of the fast unto death and satyagraha. This is not true. The British did not leave the country because of satyagraha. Britishers gave independence out of frustration. My blood boils when I read history. Such people become Mahatma in our country," Hegde said.

The Congress slammed Hegde for his remarks, saying the Father of the Nation does not need a certificate from the "cadre of Britishers chamchas and spies”.

"Mahatma Gandhi does not need a certificate from cadre of Britishers 'chamchas and spies'," Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said in a tweet.

It is high time the BJP is renamed 'Nathuram Godse Party', he added.

Another Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi tweeted, "Awaiting Narendra Modi who invokes Mahatma Gandhi at the drop of a hat especially when repackaging his ideas and to gain international credibility to comment on Mr Hegde who is a senior BJP Leader.

The six-time BJP MP from Uttara Kannada is a repeat offender. Before the 2019 election, he controversially called Rahul Gandhi a "hybrid-type", saying "his father is a Muslim, mother a Christian and he himself a Brahmin". He had also declared that "any hand that touches a Hindu girl should not exist".

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta