Distancing itself from the controversial remark by BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur that 'Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt' (patriot), BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao in a media briefing clarified that the party disagree with her statement and asked her to tender an apology.
Minutes after BJP's Bhopal candidate's controversial statement on Mahatma Gandhi's assailant, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao addressed media and said:
"We are seeing in the media channels a statement made by Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur about the Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi ji. We completely disagree with the statement she has made with regard to Mahatma Gandhi and we strongly condemn this particular statement. The party, the BJP will ask as to why she made such a statement to seek or tender a public apology for her, this objectionable statement."
On Thursday, responding to the question of a reporter on Makkal Nidhi Maiyam chief Kamal Haasan's 'independent India's first terrorist was a Hindu' remark in reference to Nathuram Godse, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur asserted that Gode will always remain a "Desh Bhakt" (Patriot).
She went onto add that those who have termed Godse as a terrorist will get a reply from the people in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"Nathuram Godse was, is and will remain a 'Desh Bhakt'. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections," Sadhvi Pragya said.
On May 13, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan was addressing a rally wherein he said that free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, in reference to Mahatma Gandhi's assailant Nathuram Godse.
"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area," Haasan prefaced his remarks, adding, "but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it began."
Meanwhile, the Congress party has called the statement by Sadhvi Pragya an act of treason and Congress Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh has demanded an apology from Prime Minister Modi for Sadhvi Pragya's statement. Other opposition parties have also condemned the comment made by Sadhvi Pragya.