Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a stern reply to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bhopal MP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s “deshbhakti (patriot)” remark on Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse on Friday.
PM Modi said, “The statements that have been made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse are very bad and very wrong for society. It is different that she has sought an apology, but I would never be able to forgive her completely.”
Earlier in the day, BJP President Amit Shah, too, had denounced such statement by Sadhvi Thakur along with Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and Karnataka MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Shah said, “The three have withdrawn their statements and have apologised. Still, the BJP has taken their statements, which is against the party’s dignity and ideologies. Their actions will be decided by the party’s disciplinary committee.”
A day before Sadhvi Thakur had said at a poll rally at Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh, “Nathuram Godse was a patriot and will remain so. People calling him a terrorist should introspect. They will be given a befitting reply in these elections.”
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi commented, “I finally got it. The BJP and the RSS… Are not God-ke Lovers. They are God-se Lovers.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, too, tweeted her reaction, “Distancing yourself from your candidate is not enough. Nationalistic luminaries of the BJP, have the guts to spell out your stand.”