Amruta Fadnavis Rashrtra Pita Notice: Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has given the opposition Congress fresh ammunition to target the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Speaking at an event, Amruta sought to equate Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mahatma Gandhi, saying India has two “Rastra Pitas” (fathers of the nation).
“We have two ‘Rashtra Pitas’. Narendra Modi is the father of New India and Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation of earlier times,” banker and singer Amruta said in a courtroom interview.
During the court interview, Amruta was asked about calling Modi as “Rashtra Pita” last year. The interviewer asked if Modi is “Rashtra Pita”, then who is Mahatma Gandhi?
Amruta replied that Mahatma Gandhi is the “Rashtra pita” of the country and Modi is the “Rashtra Pita of New India”. “We have two rashtra pitas; Narendra Modi is the rashtra pita of New India and Mahatma Gandhi (earlier) is the rashtra pita of that era,” he added.
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Congress has frustrated Amruta
Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Yashomati Thakur slammed the senior BJP leader’s wife for the remarks.
“People who follow BJP and RSS ideology keep trying to kill Gandhiji again and again. They keep doing things that are obsessed with changing history, repeating lies and maligning great people like Gandhiji,” Thakur said.
The Koshyari government faces adversity because of Shivaji’s remarks
Amruta Fadnavis’ remarks came days after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari faced controversy from the opposition over his remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
After being slammed by the opposition for his comments on the Maratha warrior king, Koshyari wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah explaining his stand and clarifying that he would “never imagine” insulting such icons.
“I cannot even imagine in my wildest dreams insulting icons like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap and Shri Guru Govind Singh. You know I have no hesitation in expressing regret or apologizing immediately even if I have inadvertently made a mistake,” Koshyari wrote in his letter to Shah.
The letter was written by the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance asking Koshya to be removed from his post for insulting Shivaji Maharaj.
(with input from PTI)
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