Sadhvi will have to reply to notices: Shah

Sadhvi will have to reply to notices: Shah

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New Delhi, May 17 : The party's disciplinary committee is seized of the matters related to controversial remarks from Sadhvi Pragya and two other BJP leaders and the entire party is unhappy about that, BJP chief Amit Shah said here on Friday.
"Entire party is anguished. So a prompt action has been taken and disciplinary committee of the party has served her a notice today only," Mr Shah said at a press conference in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The BJP chief said Sadhvi Pragya has been given 10 days time and after that a prompt action will be taken.
He clarified the party has dissociated itself from comments of all the three leaders -- Sadhvi Pragya, who contested on BJP ticket from Bhopal , Union Minister Ananthkumar Hegde and BJP MP from Karnataka Nalin Kumar Kateel.
To a question, Mr Shah said Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy does not come to anyone "just by being a worker of one party or the other".
Mahatma Gandhi's ideals appeal to the entire country, it is a national philosophy. "Gandhiji's ideals about cleanliness, village development, for national security and Khadi relate to entire nation," he said.
Mr Shah further said: "In last five years Modi government worked sincerely and the result is much better than 55 years of Congress rule. Has they worked earlier then "Bapu ka vichar (Ideals of Mahatma Gandhi)" would have reached every village by now".
Earlier in a statement, Mr Shah, distancing from the remarks made by three leaders, said comments made by the three leaders are their personal opinion and the party has nothing to do with it.
"They have withdrawn their statements and even apologised. Even then, the BJP has taken their statements, which are contrary to the ideology of the party, very seriously and decided to send these statements to disciplinary committee," the party chief said.
BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur on Thursday lauded Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot", sparking an outrage from the Opposition.
Under fire for her remarks, Ms Thakur tendered an apology the same night and said she respected Mahatma Gandhi as his work for the country cannot be forgotten.
Mr Hegde had also endorsed Ms Thakur's remarks but later, claimed that his Twitter account was hacked.
BJP MP from Karnataka Kateel compared Godse with former PM Rajiv Gandhi. In a tweet, he said, "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this?" It was then deleted. (UNI)