After Pragya Singh Thakur called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, BJP MP from Karnataka Nalin Kumar Kateel compared Godse with former PM Rajiv Gandhi.
BJP MP from Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada constituency Nalinkumar Kateel on Friday made a tweet, “Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??” (Reference to 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.)
The BJP MP seeking re-election for the 3rd time deleted his tweet soon after it gained traction on media.
Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde, who also sympathised with Nathuram Godse saying that it was time to “assert and move away from being apologetic,” has also deleted his tweet.
Hedge had said that the time has changed and it gives good scope for the condemned to be heard upon. “Nathuram Godse would have finally felt happy with this debate!” said Hegde in another tweet.
BJP vs BJP?
Kateel’s remarks come amid a raging controversy over BJP’s Bhopal pick Pragya Thakur’s statement in which she glorified Godse as a patriot and also when Rajiv Gandhi has become the principle target of the ruling party in the election campaign.
After facing massive condemnation, including from her own party, Thakur apologised late on Thursday night. “I apologise to the people of the country for my statements on Nathuram Godse. My statement was absolutely wrong. I have huge respect for the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” she tweeted in Hindi.
Earlier in the day, Thakur had kicked up a storm after describing Godse as a patriot. Responding to a question on actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comments that Godse was the “first terrorist of free India”, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse ek deshbhakt they, hain aur rahenge (Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will always remain one).”
“Those calling him a terrorist should see inside their own self and a befitting reply would be given to such people in the elections,” Thakur had said while campaigning for her party’s candidate in Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh. Thakur was swiftly rebuked by the BJP, which demanded a public apology from her and condemned the remarks.
Era of Personal Attacks?
Well, this election has been a personal attack to Gandhi family, as BJP time and again has brought Rajiv Gandhi in the target. Recently, just a day before elections in Delhi, BJP posted a video of Rajiv Gandhi speech after the 1984 Sikh riots that was a result of a Sikh bodyguard killed Indira Gandhi. The riot had a mass killing and around 3 thousand Sikh were killed brutally in the riots.
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