Congress Party's national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil, in the presence of his party chief Rahul Gandhi, addressed a massive gathering in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, wherein he belittled BJP's role in the freedom movement and suggested that it was his party which coined the slogan 'Bharat Mata ki jai'. After reciving flak from the political circle, Shaktisinh Gohil tried to do some damage control while speaking to Republic TV. He said: 'I did not say that Congress has ownership of Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogan but it was the first party to use it duing the freedom struggle'.
"In my speech I said that Congress gave this slogan during the freedom fight. I am not saying that we have a patent. We are just saying that this slogan was given by Congress party for the very first time. At the time when we were fighting for independece, people belonging to their ideology became witnessses to the Englishmen. They don't have any leader of their own ideology therefore they use leaders from Congress.Congress was using this slogan during the freedom struggle and it is now being used by the BJP. This was our slogan during Azadi. You can hear my speech again in gujarati. I am not saying we have an ownership because Bharat Mata belongs to everyone".
Earlier, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said that Congress claiming 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogan' is the most ridiculous thing. While talking to Republic TV, he said:
"Everytime they lose the propoganda and the main issues, they start speaking like this. This time also he started saying that he is Janeu Dhaari and he is a Hindu. Now, to say that Bharat Matat Ki Jai Slogan is a Congress slogan is the most ridiculous thing. 'Jai Hind' That Indra Gandhi used to use was INA. It was coined by Subash Chandra Bose and they were against Subash Chandra Bose. It has been a national slogan right from the time when Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay said Vande Mataram".
Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra set the record straight with a short address at a rally in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Tuesday.
The younger of the Gandhi siblings, who was in January appointed as the Congress' General Secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East), demanded the people of this country to vote carefully on issues which matter, and pay no heed to unwanted issues.