Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah should apologise over Pragya Singh Thakur’s remark that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a “patriot”.
Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur, who is contesting the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat against Digvijaya Singh, Thursday kicked up a row as she called Godse a “patriot”.
Talking to a news channel at Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh, she said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot), he is and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’…”
Condemning her statement, Digvijaya Singh said praising Godse was not patriotism, but an “anti-national” act.
“Narendra Modi ji, Amit Shah ji and BJP leaders from Madhya Pradesh should apologise to the country. I condemn the words used against the Father of the Nation. Nathuram Godse was a killer and eulogising him is not patriotism, but an anti-national act,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister told reporters here.
Recently, actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan had said that free India’s first terrorist was a “Hindu”, a reference to Nathuram Godse.