NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the statements made by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Bhopal candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and said that he would never be able to forgive her.
The controversy started on Thursday after Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said Godse was a patriot. Similar statements were made in favour Godse by controversial BJP leader from Karnataka, Ananth Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Katil, also from Karnataka made remarks over Godse.
“The statements are very condemnable and it should be criticized. There is no space for such language and thinking in the country. People who make such statements will have to think a 100 times in future. I will never be able to forgive those who made these statements," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a news channel during his campaign on Friday.
Meanwhile, BJP on Friday also cracked the whip on controversial statements by three senior party leaders over Nathuram Godse and have decided to take disciplinary action against its three leaders.
"Statements of Ananth Kumar Hegde, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion, BJP has nothing to do with it.They have withdrawn their statements and apologized. BJP has taken their statements seriously and sent these statements to disciplinary committee," said BJP president Amit Shah on Friday.
Shah further said the party has asked the three leaders to explain their statements and the disciplinary committee would submit it's report in ten days.
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.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah have repeatedly asked BJP leaders not to speak out of turn and make controversial statements which will strengthen the opposition parties.