New Delhi, Nov 27 : Bharatiya Janata Party is projecting Nathuram Godse as Patriot as MP Pragya Thakur once again called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “deshbhakt” or patriot during a debate in Lok Sabha.
What will PM Narendar Modi do? But PM Modi and the BJP gave her a prominent position in government shows that Modi also endorses her views.
Her comments triggered a protest by members of the opposition with the Congress calling her comments “BJP’s deplorable hate politics.”
During a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, when DMK’s A Raja cited a statement of Nathuram Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi, Pragya Thakur interrupted and said, “You cannot give example of a deshbhakt.”
Raja said that Nathuram Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Mahatma Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him. Nathuram Godse, A Raja said, killed Mahatma Gandhi because he believed in a particular philosophy.
While opposition members protested against Pragya Thakur’s “deshbhakt” comment, BJP members asked her to sit down.
Asked by reporters to clarify her remarks, Pragya Thakur simply said, “Listen to what I said first. I’d reply tomorrow.”
The Congress targeted the BJP over Pragya Thakur’s comment. “Repeatedly referring to Nathuram Godse as a “deshbhakt” is a perfect representation of BJP’s deplorable hate politics. Will PM Modi condemn Pragya Thakur’s remarks or continue to stay silent?” the Congress asked on Twitter.
This is not the first time Pragya Thakur – a 2008 Malegaon blasts accused who won the election from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh – called Nathuram Godse a “deshbhakt”. During campaigning for this year’s Lok Sabha elections, she had spurred outrage and protests when, to a reporter’s question, she said: “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’, is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’.”
But PM Modi and the BJP gave her a prominent position in government shows that Modi also endorses her views.