Mumbai: BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde's remarks on the Mahatma Gandhi-led Independence movement reflected "intellectual bankruptcy" of the BJP leadership, Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said here on Monday. Hegde, a former Union minister, reportedly claimed at an event in Bangaluru that the entire freedom movement was staged with the consent and support of the British, and the independence movement led by Gandhi was a "drama". Taking objection to Hegde's remarks, the Congress has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi come to Parliament and clarify his position. "BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde's statement is highly condemnable. This shows the intellectual bankruptcy of the BJP leadership. Their parent organisation, the RSS, had collaborated with the British and opposed the freedom struggle," tweeted Thorat, who also holds Revenue ministry in the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government. He said Hegde's remarks exposed the "true face" of the BJP "which hails (Mahatma Gandhi's assassin) Nathuram (Godse) as its idol".
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