Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday finally broke his silence on his party leader and BJP’s Bhopal pick Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s remark on Nathuram Godse, saying he would never be able to forgive her for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.
Pragya Thakur stuck into a controversy when she termed Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin a patriot, saying those calling him a terrorist would get a befitting reply in elections. She said, “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’.”
As her remarks created a political flutter, Thakur ultimately apologised. She stated “I apologise for my statement. I respect Mahatma Gandhi Ji a lot and he has done a lot for the country.” She added She did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments and also claimed that the media had twisted her statement.
After Pragya, another BJP leader joins controversial Bapu Godse debate. BJP spokesperson Anil Saumitra said
“Rastrpita the, par Pakistan Rashtra ke. (He was the father of the nation, but it was Pakistan.) Bharat Rashtra me to unke jaise karodon putra huye, kuchh layak the tau kuchh nalayak.”
Anil Saumitra was suspended from the BJP, while the party also served a notice to Pragya Thakur over her remarks.