The clash between BJP and the Congress maybe is the event that takes the most spotlights in today’s India political world. The Congress always try to get back for what BJP did in the past when BJP successfully beat the Congress in the election and make the vision that Congress used seems obsolete. Since that time, the Congress tried to find any mistake and press BJP for many different things. The latest one is the Gopa Shetty’s comment, North Mumbai BJP MP case.
Shetty Was Targeted by Congress
A few days ago, there was a video clip that shows Shetty make a controversial statement regarding Christians in some of the events in Malad. The event itself was the event organized by Shia Kabrastan Committee at Malvani in order to commemorate the Muslim holy day, Eid-e-Milad. In this event, Shetty said that the Christians were “angrez”. They didn’t involve in the struggle of India freedom in the past.
The “angrez” here is a way to call British that invaded India a few hundred years ago. Apparently, Shetty made this comment referring to Maulana Sahab comment. That those who involved in India struggle for freedom isn’t Hindus nor Muslim, but Hindustanis (Indians). This comment sounds good because Sahab tried to create an equal position for all people in India when they struggle for freedom in the past. However, the meaning becomes different, when Shetty add Christians as not the part of that struggle, while there are many Indians that are also Christians. It seems that Shetty sees the Christians in India similar to the British that invaded India and make Indians suffered in the past.
Regarding that statement, the Congress forces the BJP to apologize to the public. Maharashtra Congress Chief, Ashok Chavan added that what Shetty said isn’t proper. Shetty shows the communal mindset that still exists in government. Chavan also said that the struggle for freedom is the sacrifice that all communities did in the past, including Christians.
Shetty admitted that he didn’t mean to make a controversial statement or attack particular community. He is even willing to resign from BJP to apologize for his actions. But, Maharashtra BJP President Raosaheb Danze said that would be a hasty decision and he needs to think more about his decision. We can say that the best thing that Shetty do is apologizing. Maybe, the Congress will also use it to attack BJP. At least by apologizing, it will show good intend from BJP politician.