Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Outrage over BJP candidate's praise for Mahatma Gandhi's assassin

Indian politician calls the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi a ‘patriot’ WATCH: BJP leader calls Gandhi’s assassin a patriot
Patty Aguilar | 20 May, 2019, 18:32

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused the Election Commission of being pro-government and demanded action against BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for "insulting" Mahatma Gandhi.

Thakur set off her latest political firestorm by telling journalists that Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse "was, is, and will remain a patriot".

Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat had earlier defended Godse on May 16 by calling him a patriot."Nathuram Godse was a "deshbhakt", is a "deshbhakt" and will remain a "deshbhakt", she had said on Thursday.

Shah also said these comments were their personal statements and had no link with the party. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within. She also declared the BJP's line was her line. On Sunday, Kamal Haasan, an opposition politician in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, retorted that independent India's "first extremist was a Hindu: Nathuram Godse."

Kateel had compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandh while Hegde had tweeted "seven decades later, the condemned were being heard".

Gandhi was slain in 1948 by Godse, a Hindu fanatic angered by what he saw as Gandhi's pandering to Muslims and by the partition of India after independence in 1947.

Her remarks created a major row with the Congress demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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"She has sought an apology but I would never be able to forgive her fully". She released a video statement, which said, "My sentiment was not to hurt anyone's feelings".

Rabri Devi also took a dig at Nitish for his statement about short duration for polls, saying he contested the Lok Sabha poll in alliance with the BJP and he is speaking up on the last day of polling.

"The statements are very condemnable and it should be criticized".

Ms Thakur was arrested shortly after a 2008 bomb blast near a mosque in Malegaon, Maharashtra state, that killed six people and injured 100.

The party's disciplinary committee has issued a notice to them and has given 10-days time to respond, he said.

The Congress said the frequent insult of freedom fighters and martyrs, not only by minions but Modi too, had exposed the fake nationalism of the BJP.

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