Priyanka Gandhi, Congress General Secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to disclose his political stand on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse. She was responding to the prime minister’s comment that he would never be able to forgive the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for calling Godse a patriot.
“It is a cop-out,” Gandhi told the newspaper. “You are the prime minister of the country, there is a question of somebody stating that the person who killed the founder of this country and created its democratic foundation, is a patriot. It is not enough to say that in your heart, you will not forgive them. What is your position on the killer of Mahatma Gandhi ?”, she asked Modi.
Further adding, Priyanka also said Modi should have taken action against Thakur and stated: “very clearly what he felt about Nathuram Godse”.
Thakur was commenting on the recent remarks of actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan who called Godse the first “Hindu terrorist” of independent India. “The first terrorist post-Independence was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu. It started from there. He killed Mahatma Gandhi,” Haasan had said.
On Friday, BJP President Amit Shah had told the media that the party’s disciplinary committee would ask Thakur, and its parliamentarians Ananthkumar Hegde and Nalinkumar Kateel, who posted sympathetic tweets about Godse, to explain their statements.