The EC had sought a factual report from the CEO on Thakur’s remarks terming Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot.”
EC officials confirmed that the CEO in his report on Thursday evening said “Thakur has violated the model code of conduct by making unsavoury and ..
BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur is set to run into rough weather with the EC as Madhya Pradesh’s chief electoral officer has called for action against her for calling Nathuram Godse a “patriot.”
Hours after she triggered a political row by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a ‘patriot’, BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday tendered an apology for her remarks.
Describing Godse as a “patriot”, Thakur had earlier said those calling him a “terrorist” will be given a befitting reply when the election results are announced. “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections,” Thakur said.
Thakur’s remarks were severely censured by India. Congress Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said “India’s soul is again under attack by the current ruling BJP dispensation” and that Thakur has crossed all limits by describing Godse as a “true nationalist”.
“BJP leaders are describing the murderer of the father of the nation as a true nationalist while declaring those who sacrificed their lives for the nation like Hemant Karkare as anti-nationals,” Surjewala said. “Pragya Thakur crossed all limits today and committed the unpardonable sin of describing Nathuram Godse as a true nationalist.”