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Pragya Thakur calls Nathuram Godse 'patriot', BJP 'doesn't agree' with her

Thakur said this in response to a question over actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan's remarks that free India's first terrorist was a Hindu", a reference to Nathuram Godse

Press Trust of India  |  Agar Malwa 

Pragya Singh Thakur
Pragya Singh Thakur

BJP's seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Singh Thakur Thursday kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi's assassin a "patriot".

The Madhya Pradesh BJP, however, distanced itself from her statement saying it did not agree with her, as "Mahatma Gandhi's killer cannot be a patriot".

Talking to a news channel here, Thakur said, "was a deshbhakt (patriot), he is and will remain a deshbhakt. Those calling him a terrorist should instead look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election."

Thakur said this in response to a question over actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan's remarks that free India's first terrorist was a Hindu", a reference to

Singh was in Agar Malwa for a road-show for Mahendra Solanki, candidate from Dewas seat.

Addressing an election campaign rally at Aravakurichi (Tamil Nadu) on May 12, Haasan had said, "I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts."

The Madhya Pradesh distanced itself from Singh's statement.

"does not agree with her statement. The party will talk to her under which circumstances she gave the statement.

One who killed Mahatma Gandhi can't be a deshbhakt," state BJP media cell in-charge Lokendra Parashar told PTI.

First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 16:56 IST
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