BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Thursday triggered big controversy after she termed Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a "deshbhakt" (patriot). While BJP has strongly condemned her remarks, she has not yet tendered an official public apology.
Responding in the matter, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the Election Commission, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress-led Madhya Pradesh over Sadhvi's remarks in a series of tweets on Thursday.
In his first tweet referencing at Sadhvi Pragya, Owaisi questioned the Election Commission if it would use Article 324 to "bar someone who has called elections a dharam yudh, insulted terror victims and martys". Raking MNM chief Kamal Haasan's "free India's first terrorist was a Hindu" remark, he added that Sadhvi Pragya has now "glorified Free India's 1st terrorist".
In his second tweet, the AIMIM chief questioned Home Minister Rajnath Singh over his promise for a strong sedition law if the BJP party comes back to power.
He asked the Home Minister whether "insulting Gandhi and glorifying his murderer sedition?" Or "is sedition law reserved only for minorities, Adivasis, Dalits & university students?"
In his third tweet, Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, stating that maintaining law and order in the state is their responsibility. He further questioned the Kamal Nath government whether "it would apply National Security Act against Pragya? Or is that also reserved for Muslims, Dalits & Adivasis only?"
Earlier in the day, Thakur has created yet another controversy, 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, by saying that Godse will always remain a "Deshbhakt" (Patriot).
"Nathuram Godse was, is 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," said Thakur.