Hey Ram: Now Pragya Thakur calls Nathuram Godse a 'deshbhakt', uses honorofics for Gandhi killer
AGAR MALWA: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP's candidate from Bhopal constituency, has said that Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt' (patriot).
The Sadhvi, who had gone to conduct a road show in support of local candidate in Dewas constituency, said that Godse was a patriot and will always remain a patriot.
Besides, she used honorofics like 'they', 'hain', 'rahenge' and 'unko' as a mark of respect for Nathram Godse, the man who was convicted for Mahatma Gandhi's murder and was later hanged for the crime. She went on to say that those who term Godse as a terrorist should look within.
The statement has come as a shocker even for BJP leaders. Local leaders were not eager to respond to journalists' queries about her utterances. A party spokesman said that it was her personal view and had nothing to do with the BJP.
The party later said that they do not support these views and condemn the Sadhvi's utterances. This is not the first such incident when Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has landed into controversy. The Election Commission had imposed a ban on her campaigning in view of her statements.
She had also made objectionable statement about late Hemant Karkare, a martyr, and said that he died because of her curse. The BJP had to distance herself from these views too. In the last leg of election, this latest statement has come as a major problem for the party, which had won 27 seats in MP in the last election, and is trying hard to retain many of these seats in Madhya Pradesh.