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Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi, but Pragya killed his soul: Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi criticised BJP's Bhopal candidate and other BJP leaders for their remarks on Godse and called on the BJP leadership to immediately expel them.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 18, 2019 6:59:30 pm
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Speaking about Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assasin Nathuram Godse, Nobel peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi criticised BJP’s Bhopal candidate and other BJP leaders for calling Godse a patriot. He said people like Pragya Thakur are killing the ‘soul of India’ and called on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to immediately expel them.

On Thursday, Pragya Thakur called Godse a true desh bhakt (patriot) kicking up a massive controversy.

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In a tweet in Hindi, Satyarthi said: “Godse murdered Gandhi but people like Pragya are killing his soul, killing non-violence, peace, tolerance and the very soul of India. Gandhi is above power and politics. The BJP leadership should let go off its desire for small benefits and immediately remove them from the party.”

Lauding Godse, Thakur had said, “Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will remain a patriot. Those who call him a terrorist should look within they will get a reply in this election.”

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Thakur’s statement was backed by several BJP leaders, while the Opposition severely criticised her for her remark. Thakur later issued an apology.

Separately, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit suspended its media cell head Anil Saumitra from the party’s primary membership for calling Gandhi the “father of nation but of Pakistan”.

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Expressing regret at her comments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ‘it’s a different matter that she has apologised, I will not be able to forgive her from my heart’. BJP president Amit Shah said that the comment was not in line with the party ideology and that a disciplinary committee has sought responses from the three ministers – Pragya Thakur, Nalin Kumar Kateel and Anantkumar Hegde – within 10 days.

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