Narendra Modi says he will 'never forgive' Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi, calling Nathuram Godse a 'patriot'

Narendra Modi on Friday said he will never forgive BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a true patriot.

Press Trust of India May 17, 2019 16:34:59 IST
Narendra Modi says he will 'never forgive' Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi, calling Nathuram Godse a 'patriot'
  • Narendra Modi on Friday said he will never forgive BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a true patriot.

  • 'Whatever has been said about Gandhi or Godse, these kind of statements are very bad and worth contempt,' Modi said.

  • The Malegaon blast accused later apologised for her statement.

Khargone: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he will never forgive BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a true patriot.

Modi told a TV channel during his last rally ahead of the last phase of voting in the Lok Sabha polls that her comments were detrimental to society.

Narendra Modi says he will never forgive Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi calling Nathuram Godse a patriot

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters

"Whatever has been said about Gandhi or Godse, these kind of statements are very bad and worth contempt. In a cultured society, this type of language is not permissible. This type of thinking won't do...Therefore, those who are doing this have to think a hundred times. Though she has apologised, I won't be able to pardon her with my heart," Modi said.

Earlier Friday, BJP president Amit Shah said remarks on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin by three BJP leaders — Thakur, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and Karnataka MP Nalin Kumar Kateel — were not in line with the party's ideology. Shah had said the party's disciplinary committee has sought an explanation from them in 10 days.

During a roadshow in Madhya Pradesh Thursday, Thakur had said, "Nathuram 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."

She was responding to a comment made by actor-turned-politician Kaman Haasan, who said Godse was the first Hindu terrorist in independent India.

The Malegaon blast accused later apologised for her statement.

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