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Distancing not enough; BJP's nationalistic luminaries should spell their stand:Priyanka on Pragya

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Vadra Thursday dared the BJP's "nationalistic luminaries" to spell out their stand on their candidate calling Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram a patriot and said merely distancing from her is not enough.

"Bapu's assassin a patriot? Hey Ram.

"Distancing yourself from your candidate is not enough. Nationalistic luminaries of the BJP, have the guts to spell out your stand," Priyanka tweeted.

Thakur kicked up a row as she called a "patriot" but apologised for it hours later and withdrew her statement.

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

This is the second time in a month that Thakur has apologised for a controversial statement made by her.

Last month, she had stoked a controversy when she said that had died during the 26/11 terror attacks as she had "cursed" him for torturing her. She had apologised for the controversial remark later and also retracted that statement.

Talking to a channel in Agar Malwa in on Thursday afternoon, Thakur 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.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:56 IST