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After controversial remarks, Pragya opts for ‘silent’ penance

She had called Mahatma Gandhi's killer a 'patriot'

By PTI in Bhopal
  • Published 20.05.19, 4:44 PM
  • Updated 20.05.19, 4:44 PM
  • a min read
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Pragya Singh Thakur Picture by PTI

The BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate, Pragya Singh Thakur, who recently kicked up a row with some of her remarks, on Monday apologised for them and said she is observing “silence” for 63 hours as a mark of penance.

Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said she felt it was now time for some “soul-searching”.

The BJP leader last week courted controversy by calling Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”. Earlier, she had claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief, Hemant Karkare, was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse”.

Taking a dim view of her remarks on Godse, the BJP said it did not agree with her.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will never forgive Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.

An aide of Thakur said she began observing a “21 prahar maun (63 hours of silence)” from Monday morning.

Thakur, in a tweet, also apologised for her remarks.

“After the poll process, time has arrived for soul searching. During this period, if my words have hurt the patriots, I apologise for it. As per the decorum of public life and to repent, I am observing a 21-prahar silence and will undergo hard penance,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

Following some of Thakur's controversial statements, the Election Commission had imposed a 72-hour ban on her from campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls.