Amit Shah BJP leaders' statement supporting Nathuram Godse is not party's ideology, calls for disciplinary action against AK Hegde, Nalin Kateel

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday sought to do damage control on the Godse controversy by saying the statements made by Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and two MPs — Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel — were against the official stand and ideology of the party and has referred the matter to the disciplinary committee for action.

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Amit Shah BJP leaders' statement supporting Nathuram Godse is not party's ideology, calls for disciplinary action against AK Hegde, Nalin Kateel
  • BJP president Amit Shah on Friday sought to do damage control on the Godse controversy started by Bhopal candidate Sadhivi Pragya

  • Shah said that the statements made by Pragya and two MPs — Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel — were against the official stand and ideology of party

  • He also said that he has referred the matter to an internal disciplinary committee for action

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Friday sought to do damage control on the Godse controversy by saying the statements made by Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and two MPs — Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel — were against the official stand and ideology of the party and has referred the matter to the disciplinary committee for disciplinary action .

"The statements given by Shri Anantkumar Hegde, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Shri Nalin Kateel in the past two days are their personal statements. BJP has nothing to do with them," Shah said on Twitter as a controversy raged over backing Godse, the assassin of the father of the nation. Shah's second tweet said that the statements made by three leaders go against BJP's ideology and would be dealt with strictly after the internal disciplinary committee files a report.

Amit Shah BJP leaders statement supporting Nathuram Godse is not partys ideology calls for disciplinary action against AK Hegde Nalin Kateel

File image of Amit Shah. ANI

"They have retracted their statements and have also apologized for them. Still these statements, made in public, go against BJP's ideology and dignity and are being taken seriously by the party which has decided to send the three statements to the disciplinary committee," the tweet read. "The disciplinary committee has been asked to collect the response of the three leaders and submit a report on the same within 10 days to the party," his final tweet read.

On Thursday, Pragya Singh Thakur had started a controversy by saying "Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', is a 'deshbhakt' and will remain a 'deshbhakt'".  Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and another party MP Nalin Kateel on Friday took to Twitter to add fuel to the controversy. 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. Nathuram Godse would have finally felt happy with this debate!"

Nalin compared Godse with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 2008 Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab. He tweeted, "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is crueler in this??" As their tweets attracted attention, both of them deleted their controversial remarks.

Shah's second tweet said that the statements made by three leaders go against BJP's ideology and would be dealt with strictly after the internal disciplinary committee files a report. "They have retracted their statements and have also apologized for them. Still, these statements made in public, go against BJP's ideology and dignity and are being taken seriously by the party which has decided to send the three statements to the disciplinary committee," the tweet read. "The disciplinary committee has been asked to collect the response of the three leaders and submit a report on the same within 10 days to the party," his final tweet read.

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