Amid the controversy that broke over Sadhvi Pragya Thakur's recent remarks on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse by calling him 'patriot', BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday has made his first remarks in the matter. Taking to Twitter, he slammed party's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and party's MP Nalinkumar Kateel over their remarks on Nathuram Godse.
In his first tweet, Amit Shah wrote that statements made by Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel in the past two days are their personal remarks and they are not connected to the party's opinion.
In his second tweet, the BJP chief asserted that all three people have withdrawn their remarks and have apologised. He added that "taking seriousness of the matter in their statements which are contrary to the BJP's views and of the public, the party has decided to send all the three statements to the 'Disciplinary Committee'."
In the third tweet, Amit Shah asserted that the 'Disciplinary Committee will take answers from the three leaders and will present a report within 10 days'.
On Friday, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde backed Sadhvi Pragya's comment on Nathuram Godse where she termed him as a 'patriot'. In a tweet, which has now been deleted, Hegde said "Am glad that 7 decades later today's generation debates in a changed perceptional environment and gives good scope for the condemned to be heard upon. #NathuramGodse would have finally felt happy with this debate!".
Furthermore, Nalinkumar Kateel, a BJP lawmaker from Karnataka, went on to compare Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Nalinkumar had taken to Twitter and wrote: "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??" However, the tweet has also been deleted now.
BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday was forced to tender an apology for calling Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse a "deshbhakt" (patriot).
While responding to a reporter's question on MNM chief Kamal Haasan's 'free India's first terrorist was a Hindu' remark in reference to Nathuram Godse, she had said:
"Nathuram Godse was a 'Deshbhakt', is a 'Deshbhakt' and will remain a 'Deshbhakt'. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections," Thakur had said.