New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) distanced itself from the statement made by its candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Pragya Singh Thakur that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’, is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’.

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Refuting her remark, party leader GVL Narasimha Rao said, “BJP does not agree with this statement, we condemn it. Party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement.”

Earlier in the day, Thakur, while speaking to the media, had said, “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.”

Her statement came in response to actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s statement that, “Independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu”.