New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 16: On BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha Candidate Pragya Singh Thakur's controversial statement on Nathuram Godse, BJP has reacted on expected lines. BJP senior leader GVL Narasimha Rao reacted on Pragya Singh Thakur's statement "Nathuram Godse was, is and will remain a 'deshbhakt, " BJP does not agree with this statement, we condemn it. Party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement."
Congress had reacted to Pragya Thakur's controversial statement thus, " India's soul is under attack by successors of Godse, the BJP ruling dispensation. BJP leaders are describing the murderer of the father of the nation as a true nationalist and declaring those who sacrificed their lives for the nation like Hemant Karkare as anti-nationals. "
It was expected that BJP will disassociate itself from this controversial statement of senior leader Sadhvi Pragya. BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha Candidate Pragya Singh Thakur had earlier said, "Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', is a 'deshbhakt' 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."Pragya Thakur's reaction can be seen as to what Kamal Hassan had said Earlier:Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan has again rubbed the right wingers on the wrong side as it is sure to evoke a loud respond, it's only a matter of minutes.Kamal Haasan was campaigning in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, Tamil Nadu yesterday and said, "I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I'm saying this in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue. The first terrorist in independent India is a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse."Kamal Haasan has stoked a possible controversy, saying free India's first "terrorist was a Hindu," referring to Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.Addressing an election campaign here last night, the actor-politician said he was one of those "proud Indians" who desires an India with equality and where the "three colours" in the tricolour, an obvious reference to different faiths, "remained intact."Haasan further added that he had come there "seeking answers for that murder," referring to Gandhi's assassination in 1948. "Good Indians desire for equality and want the three colours in the tricolour to remain intact. I am a good Indian, will proudly proclaim that" he added.On an earlier occasion too, Haasan had stoked a row, when in November 2017, he took potshots at what he termed as "Hindu extremism," which drew condemnation from the BJP and Hindu outfits. Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19. MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.In support of S Mohanraj, at the rally Haasan also said that Tamil Nadu is on the verge of a “political revolution” hinting directly against the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK.“They failed to mitigate the suffering of the people. The two Dravidian parties will never come clean and won’t learn from their mistakes,” The Hindu had quoted Haasan saying.Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies where bypolls are scheduled on May 19.