Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi slams BJP for not removing Pragya Singh Thakur over Godse comments

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi today hit out at BJP leader Pragya Singh Thakur for her comment about Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

The 65 year old child rights activist tweeted warning the nation that comments by people like Pragya Thakur were “killing the soul of India”.

Satyarthi tweeting in Hindi saying, “Godse assassinated Gandhi’s body. But people like Pragya are killing his soul along with non-violence, peace and tolerance. Gandhi is above every party and politics. The BJP leadership must leave the desire for small benefits and immediately remove them from the party and follow ‘raj dharma’ (duty of governance)”.

Pragya Singh Thakur sparked a controversy by saying that Nathuram Godse, the man assassinated Mahatma Gandhi was a “Deshbhakt” (patriot). Her comments were condemned by the party that she belongs to, which is the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  and also the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After a backlash she tweeted an apology, however the damage had already been made. Party president Amit Shah tweeted, “These comments have nothing to do with the party … these comments are against the ideology of the BJP and are being referred to the disciplinary committee.”

Pragya Thakur is an accused in the 2008  Malegaon blasts, and is out on bail on medical ground. However the BJP found her fit enough to make her candidate to fight the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal.

Source : Various