BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur has again referred to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot" while attacking the Congress. Thakur, an accused in the the 2008 Malegaon blast case, on Tuesday evening alleged that the Congress has always abused patriots.
Her comment came in the wake of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's remark terming Godse as the "first terrorist". The Congress has always abused patriots…termed them as 'saffron terrorists'. Nothing is more vile than this and I dont want to say anything more on the issue, Thakur told reporters here when asked about Singh's remark on Godse.
In May 2019, during the Lok Sabha polls, Thakur had kicked up a huge row by calling Godse a patriot, but apologised for it later and withdrew the statement. In November 2019, the BJP MP had tendered an apology in the Lok Sabha for making controversial comments on Godse in the Lower House of Parliament.
Last Sunday, the Hindu Mahasabha opened a study centre named after Godse in Gwalior, but closed it two days later following an intervention by the district administration. The BJP MP arrived in Ujjain to take part in an ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) programme.
'Muslims Can Also Contribute for Ram Temple'
Speaking about contribution for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhy, Thakur said even Muslims can part in it as "Lord Ram was their ancestor and symbol of faith".
“Ye jo kar rahe hain vo achcha hai (what they are willing to do is good),” the MP said when that some Muslims have expressed their desire to contribute for the temple.
“Ye bhagwan Ram ki bhumi hai. Agar vo karte hain to unke purkhe bhi bhagwan Ram rahe hain, unke aaradhya bhi bhagwan Ram rahe hain. Kisi lobh, moh ya sthiti ke karan unke purkhe Muslim ho gaye hain. To agar vo shraddhra rakhte hain aur dete hain to hame koi samsya nahin hai. (This is lord Ram’s land and if they do (donate), it is fine. Lord Ram have been their ancestor and symbol of faith (in the past). Their ancestors had converted due to some allurement, enticement or some other circumstances. We have no issues with their offerings,” Thakur said.
She also praised the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for dealing strictly with stone-pelters who targetted rallies taken out for creating awareness about the upcoming Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“We are not indulging in any corruption like the Congress. We are just collecting donations for the construction of a temple for our idol Ram,” she said, adding, "Those assaulting such religious campaigns should be dealt with stringently."
(With inputs from Vivek Trivedi)