New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in first reaction to Pragya Singh Thakur‘s remark on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and said, “Will never forgive her for insulting Bapu.”

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“Gandhiji ya Godse ke baare mein jo bayaan diye gaye hain wo bahut kharaab hain aur samaaj ke liye bahut galat hain. Ye alag baat hai ki unhone maafi maang li, lekin main unhe mann se kabhi maaf nahi kar paunga (Statements given by Gandhiji and Godse are wrong. Though, she has apologised, but I will never be able to forgive her),” PM Modi was quoted as saying on the official Twitter handle of the BJP.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, BJP national president Amit Shah cracked the whip on party leaders Pragya Singh Thakur, Ananthkumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel for their remarks on Nathuram Godse, claiming that the party’s disciplinary committee will seek an explanation from all the three leaders and will submit a report to the party within 10 days.

Pragya Thakur had stoked a controversy on Wednesday as she termed Godse a ‘deshbhakt’, while speaking to the media. “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,” she had said.

However, she issued a apology soon after facing backlash for her statement. “It was my personal opinion remark. My intention was not to hurt anyone’s sentiments. If I’ve hurt anyone I do apologise. What Gandhi Ji has done for the country cannot be forgotten. My statement has been twisted by the media,” she said.