As polling gets underway in Madhya Pradesh's by-polls, BJP's Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Monday has stirred Mahatma Gandhi's name yet again. While attending a programme in Bhopal Railway station she called the Mahatma a 'Rashtraputra' (son of the nation). She added that she followed his principles and would live and die for the nation when asked why she was absent from the 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra' by reporters in Bhopal.
"Gandhiji is a 'Rashtraputra', I think. He is a son of the soil like Lord Ram, Shivaji Maharaj and Maharana Pratap. We respect whatever work one does for the nation and we follow his (Gandhiji) footsteps. The work which we do following his ideology will be continued by our future generations," she said.
Slamming the Opposition's statements against her remarks, she added, "Just because Congress says something we will neither change or attach their principles to ours. I have not changed my stance and I don't need to clarify my statements to anyone. I live for the nation and will die for the nation."
Thakur has previously stirred controversy in June when she called the Mahatma's assassin Nathuram Godse -a "Deshbhakt" (Patriot). She added that those who have termed Godse as a terrorist will get a reply from the people in the elections. Her remark was in response to MNM chief Kamal Haasan's 'free India's first terrorist was a Hindu' remark in reference to Nathuram Godse.
"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," Sadhvi Pragya said. In one of the most heated and controversial battles in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sadhvi Pragya took on Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh over the Bhopal seat. The new BJP inductee Sadhvi Pragya defeated the former state CM Digvijaya Singh with a margin of 3 lakh votes.
Polling is being held for a by-election to Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua Assembly seat on Monday, October 21. The ruling Congress is making all efforts to wrest the tribal-dominated constituency from the opposition BJP. BJP leader G S Damor defeated Vikrant Bhuria of the Congress in the Assembly polls last year. Later, Damor contested the Lok Sabha election from Ratlam seat where he defeated Vikrant Bhuria's father Kantilal Bhuria. He subsequently resigned as MLA from Jhabua, which necessitated the by-election.