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BJP pulls up Sadhvi Pragya over Godse remark, demands public apology

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on Thursday strongly condemned the statement made by its candidate Sadhvi and said she should apologise publicly for terming Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram a 'true patriot'.

"We completely disagree with the statement made by Sadhvi about the father of the nation ji. We strongly condemn this particular statement. The party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement," GVL told media here.

Earlier in the day, when questioned about Kamal Haasan's remark that India's first terrorist was a Hindu (in reference to Godse), Thakur had said, "Nathuram was a 'deshbhakt', is a 'deshbhakt' and will remain a 'deshbhakt'."The BJP candidate from Lok Sabha seat had claimed that comments like these by Haasan would dent his electoral prospects. "People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections," she had said.

Meanwhile, Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting against Thakur from Bhopal, also sought his opponent's apology for her remarks. "Modi ji, ji and the state BJP should give their statements and apologise to the nation. I condemn this statement, Nathuram was a killer, glorifying him is not patriotism, it is sedition," he said. Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, is not new to controversial remarks. After being fielded by the BJP in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, she had said Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the 2008 terror attacks, died because she had cursed him.

While Thakur drew flak for the comment, a notice was served by the Election Commission, thereby forcing her to withdraw her statement.In addition, Thakur was barred from campaigning for three days by the poll body for her comments about Babri Masjid demolition. "I will go to make the I have said it before and I am not denying it that I had gone there. I have demolished the Babri structure. He is my Ram ji and no one can stop me from making a grand The nation is Ram, Ram is a nation," she had said.

An FIR was also filed against her for these remarks.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 17:19 IST