Bhopal: In yet another controversial statement, BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.
Responding to a question on actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comments that Godse was the “first terrorist of free India”, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse ek deshbhakt the, hain aur rahenge (Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will always remain one).”
News Agency ANI published Thakur’s statement in its Twitter handle.
#WATCH BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha Candidate Pragya Singh Thakur says 'Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', is a 'deshbhakt' and will remain a 'deshbhakt'. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections pic.twitter.com/4swldCCaHK
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2019
After backlash, Thakur apologised for her controversial statements soon after the BJP had asked her to tender a public apology for her remarks terming Nathuram Godse as a patriot.
This is not the first time that Thakur had made controversial statements. Last month, the BJP leader said former Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks because of her “curse”.
Thakur had also invited the ire of the Election Commission in April this year for her remark on the Babri Masjid demolition.