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Sadhvi Pragya says Nathuram Godse was a patriot

BHOPAL: In yet another controversial statement, BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Thursday said that Mahatma Gandhi‘s assassin Nathuram Godse was a patriot and will remain a patriot.
“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,” Pragya said in Malwa during poll campaign on Thursday.
She was responding to actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s recent statement that “free India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, in reference to Godse.
Pragya, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, had recently triggered a major row for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition.
Pragya had said Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because of her “curse” as he “tortured” her when he probed the Malegaon blast case as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). She also had said that she was “proud” of her participation in the demolition of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya in 1992.
Pragya, who just finished her poll meetings in Bhopal on May 12, is campaigning in Malwa region where polling is scheduled to be held on May 19.

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