The Bharatiya Janata Party had condemned the statement of its Bhopal Lok Sakha candidate Pragya Thakur that Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi in Independent India, was a patriot. Hours after Pragya made this statement, the BJP reacted in its headquarters in Delhi and claimed that the party would not subscribe to this statement. The party also asked Pragya to withdraw her statement and tender public apology. The BJP struggled a lot not to hurt the sentiments of the people on insulting Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Later, at the end of the campaign for the final and seventh round of polling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah addressed a joint press conference in Delhi where Modi said that he would not forgive Pragya Thakur for her remarks on Godse. “Whatever had been said about Gandhi or Godse, these kind of statements are very bad and worth contempt. In a cultured society, this type of language is not permissible. This type of thinking won’t do. Therefore, those who are doing this have to think hundred times. Though she (Pragya Singh Thakur) had apologised, I won’t be able to pardon her with my heart,” was what Narendra Modi said about the issue elsewhere during campaign before addressing the press conference.
Pragya Singh Thakur is the BJP candidate for which Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister candidate. If the Prime Minister candidate is not ready to forgive the candidate for her derogatory and contempt remarks, then who will forgive her and why should the people vote for such a leader and candidates is the big question that had come out of the Opposition parties. The BJP had lowered its image this time with Prime Minister himself stopping down and making corruption charges against the Gandhi family. When the Prime Minister has no respect for the members of the Gandhi family, who are not alive to counter his allegations, what can be expected from his own candidates talking about the Gandhi and the family!