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Congress questions PM's silence on Pragya Thakur's remarks on Godse

Under fire for her remarks, Pragya tendered an apology on Thursday night and said she respected Mahatma Gandhi

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 17.05.19, 12:22 PM
  • Updated 17.05.19, 12:22 PM
  • a min read
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BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (PTI)

Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya's remarks describing Nathuram Godse as a "patriot".

BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya on Thursday lauded Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot", sparking an outrage from the Opposition.

Under fire for her remarks, Pragya tendered an apology on Thursday night and said she respected Mahatma Gandhi as his work for the country cannot be forgotten.

In a tweet, Sibal said, "When Sadhvi Pragya says: "Godse a Deshbakht" and Modi is silent with Vidyasagar's statue a victim of the violent I can only pray for my country and hope that one day the silent majority will keep violence at bay".

Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also condemned Pragya's remarks and said Godse was inspired by the RSS ideology.

"Godse was inspired by Sangh Pariwar's ideology & so is Pragya. Former killed our Mahatma & the latter killed Mahatma's children. Pragya who calls Godse a patriot is endorsed by @narendramodi Is this the sign of an attempt to proliferate Sangh's hatred based ideology," he tweeted.

Amid the raging controversy over Thakur's remarks, another BJP leader, Nalin Kumar Kateel, an MP from Karnataka, compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday.

Kateel tweeted saying that, "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??"