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One more BJP legislator defends Mahatama Gandhi assassin Godse

Surendra Singh has a history of making controversial statements

Thursday November 28, 2019 5:36 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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Ballia: Even though the BJP has distanced itself from its MP Pragya Thakur's remarks on Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, UP BJP MLA Surendra Singh has defended Godse.

"Nathuram Godse committed a mistake but he was not a terrorist. Those who are involved in anti-national activities are terrorists," the MLA told reporters on Thursday.

He further said, "Godse committed a mistake. He should have not killed patriot Gandhiji. 'Unse bhool ho gayi'."

A terrorist attack accused herself, Pragya Thakur had stirred a major controversy on Wednesday with her remark in the Lok Sabha during DMK member A. Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that his party condemns any philosophy which describes Mahatma Gandhi's killer as a patriot. He however did not name Thakur.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also barred Malegaon blast accused Thakur from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the current Parliament session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

BJP Working President J.P. Nadda said, "The statement given by MP Pragya Thakur is condemnable. BJP never supports such statements and we do not support this ideology."

Surendra Singh has a history of making controversial statements. He has made objectionable statements on Muslims and politicians like Mayawati but surprisingly the state BJP has never reprimanded him on the issue.

Earlier, Anantkumar Hedge and Nalin Kumar Kateel - two senior BJP MPs, had also supported Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks about Godse. BJP keeps distancing itself from its members praising and defending Godse, however the party has so far not taken any strict action against them.

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