New Delhi: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday condemned BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “deshbhakt (patriot)”. He hit out at the BJP candidate, saying that she was not only “killing Mahatma Gandhi’s soul but also destroying peace”. The noble laureate also urged the BJP to sack Pragya Thakur from the party as it was their national duty.

Taking to Twitter, Kailash Satyarthi slammed the BJP Bhopal saying, “Godse had assassinated Gandhi. And people like Pragya are not only killing his soul but are murdering non-violence, peace, tolerance and the soul of India. Gandhi is above all power and politics.” He added that  “Keeping aside (political) benefit, BJP should immediately remove her from the party and fulfil their national duty.”

On May 16, 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”.

Thakur’s statement stoked a controversy with the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday taking cognisance of her statement and seeking a factual report from Chief Electoral Officer, Madhya Pradesh by Friday, May 17.

This is not the first time that Pragya Singh Thakur has sparked up controversy during the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Earlier she had faced the Election Commission’s ire over her remark on Babri Masjid demolition and her comment on 26/11 Mumbai attack martyr Hemant Karkare.