Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur calls Nathuram Godse a patriot; withdraws statement after party slams her

Bhopal: After stirring up a hornets’ nest for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “true patriot”, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur retracted her remarks and said, “party line is my line”.

The BJP leader, however, did not directly apologise for her remarks despite condemnation by the party, which said she should apologize publicly.

“Apne sangathan BJP mein nishtha rakhti hun, uski karyakarta hun aur party ki line meri line hai (I trust my party. I am a BJP worker and I will follow the party line),” Thakur said.

BJP demands public apology from Pragya

Her statement came hours after the BJP distanced itself from the remarks made by Thakur and demanded a public apology from her.

Earlier in the day, when questioned about actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s remark that India’s first terrorist was a Hindu (in reference to Godse), Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’, is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’.”

‘We have seen statement made by Sadhvi Thakur about the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. We completely disagree with the statement and strongly condemn it,’ BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told reporters here.

He said the party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement.

‘The BJP will ask Sadhvi Pragya as to why she made such a statement and it will be proper for her to seek a public apology for this objectionable statement’.

A video went viral in social media showing the Sadhvi saying that Godse was a nationalist and shall continue to be considered one – those speaking about him should introspect.

Preliminary reports indicate that the words were spoken in Agar Malwa District on Thursday.

As her comments caused a huge embarrassment to her party, BJP, which has strongly backed her candidature in Bhopal, without much delay tried to control the damage caused by her.

BJP is a party that plays politics while sporting a mask: Cong

Meanwhile, Congress state Media Committee Vice President Bhupendra Gupta told a television news channel that the BJP is a party that plays politics while sporting a mask; it first makes someone speak on an issue and then denials follow.

“Godse was definitely a terrorist and made an attempt on Bapu’s life even earlier,” he said.