'I Respect Mahatma Ji": After Severe Backlash Over 'Godse a Patriot' Remark, Pragya Thakur Apologises

Under severe backlash over her comment that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse is a patriot , BJP’s Pragya Thakur has apologised saying that she respects Gandhi.“I apologise for my statement.
She also said that her statement was 'twisted' by the media.On Thursday, Thakur kicked up a row when she said that Godse is a patriot.
I respect Mahatma Gandhi ji a lot and he has done a lot for the country,” BJP’s Bhopal candidate said,adding that she did not intend to hurt anyone's sentiments.
After sharp criticism from the party, which condemned the remarks, she tendered an apology to the state BJP.
"I believe in my organisation, I work for it, and the party's line is my line," Thakur said hours after her remarks led to fierce criticism from the Opposition.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 the, 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, campaigning for her party’s candidate in Agar Malwa, said.

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