Outrage over India election candidate calling Gandhi killer a ‘patriot’

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

The BJP last month named Thakur as its parliamentary candidate in the state capital of India's central Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, prompting criticism from opponents who accused the party of using her candidacy in a bid to polarise voters along religious lines.

"Very impressive." Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first press conference just three-four days before the election results, "Rahul said during the press conference at the party headquarters here". Similar statements were made in favour Godse by controversial BJP leader from Karnataka, Ananth Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Katil, also from Karnataka made remarks over Godse.

A spokesperson for the National Congress Party, the BJP's main opposition, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, said: "The BJP has stooped to a new low by abusing Mahatma Gandhi and hailing his killer as a national hero and a patriot". For loose cannons usually cause the most harm to those who own them. On Thursday, Sadhvi Pragya stirred a hornet's nest after she called Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse a "patriot". Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent most of his career as an RSS organizer.

The BJP-led central government launched a contentious Rs 75,000 crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme earlier this year. "We not only consider such remarks as personal but also we have issued notices to those responsible and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against them", Shah said.

"Some people were caught in the Samjhauta Express case, the CBI said these people are associated with the LeT. A fake case of saffron terror was made in which all have been acquitted", Shah said.

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"So, who is responsible for the people released and given Rs 5 lakh compensation and security compromised for vote bank politics". The Congress party is responsible. He told reporters that he will not take any questions because the press conference is being addressed by Shah, and in BJP's system, discipline has to be followed.

"If someone has been hurt then I apologise for it. However, their remarks are against the decorum of public life and the BJP, and also against the party's ideology".

Asked whom she had apologised to, Bajpai said: "That is not an issue, but she apologised and took back her statement".

"Taking serious note of their remarks, the party has chose to send them to the disciplinary committee", Mr. Shah said.

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