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Godse was a patriot, says Pragya Thakur
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Godse was a patriot, says Pragya Thakur

S.Murari

Pragya Thakur, main accused in the 2008 Malagaon blast case and BJP candidate from Bhopal, has said “Godse is a patriot and will always remain a patriot”.

Asked to react to actor politician Kamal Hasaan’s comment that independent India’s first terrorist was a  Hindu and he was Naturam Godse, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi, Pragya said:” Godse was a desh bhakt and he will be considered one”.

She said:” People who call him a terrorist should instead look within. Such people will be given a befitting reply in the election”.

It is a prediction even the Tamil Nadu BJP has not made as Kamal’s Makkam Needhi Maiyam has put up candidates not only in the Lok Sabha elections but also in the by-elections to 22 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.

The BJP at the national level has distanced itself from Pragya Thakur’s comment. Its spokesman G V L Narasimha Rao said: “ We condemn it and should tender a public apology.  The party will seek clarification from her”.