Pragya Thakur’s Godse ‘patriot’ remark makes her namesake victim of Twitter trolls

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee members and farmers arrive for a rally in New Delhi |PTI

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee members and farmers arrive for a rally in New Delhi |PTI

She also told ANI that she is devoted to the Bharatiya Janata Party and that the party's stance is her stance.

An Indian election candidate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, already accused of involvement in a deadly bomb attack, sparked outrage Thursday by saying the killer of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi was a "patriot".

Gandhi, who led a nonviolent struggle to free India from British colonial rule, was fatally shot in 1947.

Tiwari wrote on Twitter, "Just got off a flight to find I've gone and called Godse a deshbhakt".

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the statement on Friday. One fringe group celebrated the anniversary of Gandhi's death earlier this year. As many as 45 candidates, including five legislators, are in the fray.

Thakur's run for office has been overshadowed, however, by an ongoing trial over her suspected involvement in a bomb blast near a mosque in Malegaon, Maharashtra state, in 2008 that killed six people and injured 100.

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Ahead of the crucial last phase of election which will witness polling on 59 seats, BJP leadership does not want controversial statements of party leaders to derail it's election campaign which is based on development and national security. "This is the philosophy of the BJP about Bapu's assassins".

Mr. Shah also said these comments were their personal statements and had no link with the party. He said he was constrained to say that among all the institutions undermined by the BJP, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had also been emasculated as an independent watchdog.

Godse, Gandhi's assassin, was once a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, a strident Hindu nationalist organization that is the parent of the BJP. In recent decades, it has moved from the fringes of public debate in India to the mainstream.

Congress chief Gandhi had hit back by claiming the loan waiver had benefited several lakh farmers and even showed papers at rallies to prove that loans of ex-chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's brother Rohit and nephew Niranjan had been written off.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi with the prime minister by his side, Amit Shah praised Modi for braving scorching temperatures which went up to 46 degrees Celsius. She was responding to a question from a reporter about actor-politician Kamal Haasan's claim that Godse was a Hindu terrorist.

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