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Prime minister takes exception to Sadhvi’s praise of Godse

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated whatever has been said about Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse is very bad and wrong for society

New Delhi: Reacting to the uproar caused by BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s comment that Nathuram Godse, the assassin of MK Gandhi, was a patriot before the last phase of Lok Sabha election, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that even though she has apologised for her remark, he will not be able to forgive her.

Statement of prime minister released on Twitter

The prime minister’s statement was released by the official Twitter account of the BJP. The Prime Minister said whatever has been said about Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse is very bad and wrong for society.

The prime minister said words of hatred cannot go unchallenged in a civilised society. He said that even though, in this case, they (Sadhvi Pragya and Anant Hegde) have apologised, I will never be able to forgive them from my heart.

Sadhvi Pragya, Anant Hegde embarrass BJP

Sadhvi Pragya, the accused in the Malegaon Blast, in a statement on Thursday had said that Nathuram Godse was a patriot as were many others. This gave the opposition an opportunity to target the BJP, questioning its ideology. After the fracas, Sadhvi Pragya apologised, but the dispute had worsened by then. First, Amit Shah took exception to the comment and now Prime Minister Modi has condemned it too.

Minister in Prime Minister Modi’s Cabinet Anant Hegde had also tagged Sadhvi Pragya to say that Nathuram Godse would be happy with the meaningful debate that is going on at this time. But later, he retracted his statement and said that his Twitter handle had been hacked by someone.

In comes Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi seized the opportunity to taunt the BJP. He tweeted, “The BJP and the RSS… Are not God-Ke Lovers. They are God-Se Lovers.”

Amit Shah promises action

BJP national president Amit Shah tweeted that these statements of Pragya and Hegde were personal and that the party had nothing to do with them. Shah wrote that the BJP’s disciplinary committee will take action against both.

Not only Sadhvi Pragya and Anant Hegde but BJP leader Anil Saumitra gave a similar statement. He had said Mahatma Gandhi was the father of the Pakistani nation, for which the BJP suspended him from the party.



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