Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, on Sunday, reacting to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s comment on BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement on Nathuram Godse, said that if Kumar is really hurt by Pragya Thakur’s statement then he should step out of the NDA-led government at the state.
“Sarkar se alag ho jana chahiye tha. Itni taqleef hai Pragya Thakur se to istifa de ke alag ho jana chahiye unko (He [Nitish Kumar] should have left the government. If he is really so badly hurt by Pragya Thakur’s comment then he should resign and walk out of the government),” said Rabri.
Nitish Kumar, whose party Janata Dal (United) is an ally of the BJP-led NDA, had slammed Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
Kumar, while talking to reporters on Sunday, had said that Thakur’s “Godse is a patriot” remark is “condemnable”. He further said that whatever action the BJP takes against Thakur is their internal matter.
“It is condemnable. What action the party takes is their internal matter. We should not tolerate such a statement,” Kumar had said.
Kumar’s party is contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in alliance with the BJP in Bihar.
Pragya Singh Thakur had, on Thursday, had said, “Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a deshbhakt (patriot) and will remain a deshbhakt (patriot). People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections.”
Pragya was replying to a query on Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief and actor Kamal Haasan’s remark that the “first terrorist in independent India was a Hindu”, referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
Pragya is the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. She is currently facing trial under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in a Mumbai court for allegedly conspiring and abetting a terror act and also has murder to criminal conspiracy charges against her. She is currently out on bail.