Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has said that three reported and controversial statements of Union minister Ananth kumar Hegde, party MP Nalin Kateel and party Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur on Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse are their personal opinion and the BJP has nothing to do with it.
However, Shah said the BJP has ‘taken their statements seriously and sent these statements to the disciplinary committee’.
“The disciplinary committee will seek explanation from all the three leaders and will submit the report to the party within 10 days,” Shah said.
Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde had tweeted, ‘Am glad that 7 decades later today’s generation debates in a changed perceptional environment and gives good scope for the condemned to be heard upon. #NathuramGodse would have finally felt happy with this debate.’
However, with his remarks attracting attention, he later deleted the tweet.
‘My Twitter account has been breached twice in the past one week and certain tweets have been posted on my timeline which has been discarded and deleted. Regret the posts attributed to me,’ he said in a fresh tweet.
Amid the raging controversy over Thakur’s remarks, another BJP leader, Nalin Kumar Kateel, a MP from Karnataka, compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday.
‘Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??’ Kateel tweeted.