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Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The has submitted a report to the over BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate calling Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram a "patriot".

Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, had made the comment during a roadshow in the state on Thursday and later, apologised saying that she respected the Father of the Nation.

"We have forwarded the report to the EC (Election Commission) in this regard," (CEO) V L Kantha Rao said Friday.

When asked about the details of the report, he said, "We will share it once the EC takes a decision on this."

The had earlier directed the district to file a report on Thakur's statement she made on Thursday.

"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," the controversial leader had said in while attending a roadshow.

She was replying to a question over Kamal Haasan's remark that independent India's first "extremist was a Hindu", a reference to

Her remarks created a major row with the demanding an apology from

The BJP immediately got into damage control and distanced itself from her statement, and asked her to tender a public apology.

The Malegaon blast accused tendered an apology on Thursday night and said she respected as his work for the country cannot be forgotten.

"My sentiment was not to hurt anyone's feelings. If it has hurt anybody's feelings then I apologise. What Gandhiji has done for the country cannot be forgotten. I respect him a lot," she said in a video statement.

Thakur said she made the comments on the spur of moment to a question linked to "saffron terror" and claimed that the media twisted them.

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

Last month, Thakur had stoked a controversy when she said that had died during the 26/11 terror attacks as she had "cursed" him for torturing her. Later, she apologised and took back the remark.

Out on bail, Thakur (48) has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the 2008 case, but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 12:46 IST