New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Former Union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde on Tuesday denied to retract for his remark on Mahatma Gandhi and instead said that he never made any reference to any political party of the Father of the Nation. 

"I own my statement made on 1 Feb, 2020. I never made any reference to any political party or Mahatma Gandhi or anybody else, I was just trying to categorize freedom struggle," he said. 

"The speech is in public domain if anyone wants to see, it is available online and on my website. I never said a word against Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru. I was just discussing about our freedom struggle," Hegde added. 

The statement comes a day after the Congress demanded a sedition case against Hegde while a red-faced BJP initiated disciplinary proceedings by serving him a show cause notice seeking an explanation.

A senior BJP leader said its top brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is "upset" with the sixth-term Lok Sabha MP, who was a minister in the first Modi government, and the Karnataka leader has been asked to take remedial measures, including tendering an apology.

Hegde had questioned the freedom movement led by Gandhi, saying it was an "adjustment" with the British, remarks which triggered a huge political row.

Freedom fighters who did not sacrifice anything made the country believe that it attained independence through 'Upavas Satyagrah', Gandhi's preferred mode of agitation, and became 'mahapurush' (great person), Hegde had said at an event in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta