Amid the controversy that broke over BJP Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur's recent remarks on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse by calling him 'patriot', Congress general secretary of UP (east) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's husband Robert Vadra has targeted the BJP saying that it is the biggest disrespect to Gandhiji.
Taking to Twitter, Robert Vadra expressed his fear of how a person with such a mentality has been given a ticket to contest the election. He also added that some things must be kept scared.
Here is his tweet:
This comes days after Robert Vadra used the flag of Paraguay instead of the Indian flag to spread awareness about the 2019 Indian General elections on social media. Moments after placing his vote in the sixth phase of the 2019 polls on Sunday, Robert Vadra took to Twitter and shared a selfie with his inked finger. Later, he deleted his tweet after the goof-up.
On Friday morning, taking to Twitter Rahul Gandhi also criticised the BJP on Sadhvi Pragya's comment. He said that 'BJP and the RSS are not God ke lovers but are Godse lovers.'
However, BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday morning slammed 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.
He added in the second tweet: "These people have taken back their statement, they have asked forgiveness as well. Even then party will take these statements seriously since it is against what the party stands for. We have decided to send it to the Discipline 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.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his exclusive interview to Republic Media Network's Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor said he won't be able to forgive Sadhvi Pragya for her comment.
"Jo bayan aaya hai, puri tarah nindaniye hai, aswikariye hai, aur kabhi bhi aise logo ko aise galti nhi karni chahiye, galti se bhi galti nhi karni chahiye, galti se bhi galti nhi karni chahiye, satark rehna chahiye. Theek hai, baad main unhone maafi mangi, lekin main mann se unko maaf nhi kar paunga, jeevan bhar nhi kar paunga," the Prime Minister said in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone.
("The remark is highly condemnable and unacceptable. People should not make such mistakes. People should not make such mistakes even by mistake. One must be aware. Yes, she may have apologised later, but I won't ever be able to forgive her.)