Hegde, Pragya's statements on Godse are their personal opinion, says Amit Shah

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 17, 2019, 12.42 PM (IST)

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday distanced himself from the controversial comments made by Pragya Thakur, Ananth Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel where the three leaders glorified Nathuram Godse.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Shah said, "Statements of, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion, BJP has nothing to do with it. They have withdrawn their statements and apologised. BJP has taken their statements seriously and sent these statements to disciplinary committee".

Shah further said, "The disciplinary committee will seek explanation from all the three leaders and will submit the report to the party within 10 days".

BJP's Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur had triggered a controversy on Thursday through her comments on Nathuram Godse.

Pragya had called Godse "true patriot". She, however, later tendered an apology for her comments.

Pragya had said, "If someone has been hurt then I apologise for it. What Gandhi ji did for this country cannot be forgotten. I respect him a lot. My statement was misinterpreted and twisted by the media".

Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde on Friday came out openly backing Nathuram Godse, notwithstanding BJP's condemnation of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur calling Mahatma Gandhi`s assassin Nathuram Godse a "true patriot".

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.

In the earlier tweet, Hegde, known to courting controversies, was quoted as saying he felt that these debates give "good scope for the condemned to be heard upon."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," the tweet said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Speaking to news agency ANI, Shah said, 'Statements of, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion, BJP has nothing to do with it. They have withdrawn their statements and apologised. BJP has taken their statements seriously and sent these statements to disciplinary committee."