BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has said Nathuram Godse, assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, was a “deshbhakt” (patriot) and will remain so forever.
She was reacting to Kamal Haasan’s recent comment who had said that the first terrorist in India was a Hindu. Speaking at an election rally, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder said, “The first terrorist post-Independence was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu. It started from there. He killed Mahatma Gandhi. I am questioning this as the great grandson of Gandhi.”
On being asked about Kamal Haasan’s comment on Hindu terror and Godse, Sadhvi Pragya said, “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt, 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.”
Haasan’s remark had stirred a massive controversy with the BJP lodging a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) against the remark. A criminal complaint was also lodged against Haasan.
Haasan later issued a clarification and said he was misquoted and he never said the word “terrorist”. Kamal Haasan has filed an anticipatory bail petition, seeking quashing of the FIR against him.