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BJP condemns Pragya's praise for Nathuram Godse, asks her to apologise

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Thursday condemned its Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur's praise for Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram as "patriot" and asked her to tender a public apology.

"We completely disagree with her statement with regard to We strongly condemn this statement. The party will seek clarification from her as to why she gave this. It would be proper for her to seek and tender a public apology for her objectionable statement," BJP G V L said in a statement.

Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, ignited a fresh controversy Thursday by claiming that "is and will remain a patriot".

Talking to a channel in Madhya Pradesh, she said, "Nathuram 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 Kamal Haasan's remarks that free India's first extremist was a Hindu, a reference to Godse.

This is not the first time her extreme views have embarrassed the BJP after it fielded her from against Digvijay Singh, projecting her as a "victim" of the UPA government's "fake Hindu terror" theory.

She was earlier forced to apologise after claiming that Hemant Karkare, who was killed by terrorists during the 2008 terror attack, died as she had cursed him after her arrest in Malegaon blast case.

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