Weighing in on Pragya Thakur's 'Nathuram Godse is a Deshbhakt' remark, business tycoon Anand Mahindra in a tweet said that Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is "sacred" to us, and contrasted the same with Afghanistan's Taliban "destroying statues"
The socio-politically vocal industrialist said that India has been the land of Gandhi for 75 years and that he inspired billions globally.
He said: For 75 yrs, India’s been the land of the Mahatma; a beacon when the world lost its morality.We used to be pitied for being poor but we were always rich since Bapu inspired billions globally.Some things must remain sacred.Or we become the Taliban,destroying statues that sustain us
BJP's Bhopal candidate in a recent election rally called Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse a 'patriot' and that those who call him a 'terrorist' should 'look within', in retaliation to actor-turned-politician Kamal Hasaan's 'Hindu terrorist' comment.
She said, "Godse was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot. Those who call him a terrorist should look within they will get a reply in this election."
BJP leaders faced the flak over Thakur's comment, asking to cancel her candidature. However, the party distanced itself from the comment and party president Amit Shah said that her utterances were in 'personal capacity'
Meanwhile, amid nation-wide uproar over the comment, in a final campaign interview to Republic Media Network, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he won't "ever" be able to forgive Sadhvi Pragya for her comment.
He said, "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."
(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.)