Pragya calls Godse 'patriot', BJP 'doesn't agree' with her

BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur Thursday kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.

The Madhya Pradesh BJP, however, distanced itself from her statement saying it did not agree with her, as “Mahatma Gandhi’s killer cannot be a patriot”.

Talking to a news channel here, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse 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 actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan’s remarks that free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu”, a reference to Nathuram Godse.