India's Modi chooses woman facing terrorism charges as election candidate

18 May, 2019, 03:43 | Author: Wade Massey
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Expressing dismay over her name being auto-corrected when people search for the BJP candidate's name on Twitter, she further wrote, "Why on earth is Pragya Thakur's name auto-correcting to mine is another (very disturbing) question altogether".

This was expected to be the first time that the Prime Minister interacted with the media in his five-year tenure, however, Modi did not take any questions at the party press conference.

As the row over Thakur's remarks escalated, BJP's MP from Karnataka Nalin Kumar Kateel compared Godse with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. "One who killed Mahatma Gandhi can not be a deshbhakt". "You judge who is more cruel in this??"

The Sadhvi's latest comment gave a certificate of merit to Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, by suggesting that he was a patriot and would remain one.

Union minister Anantkumar Hegde also found himself in the news with a purported tweet justifying Godse's action. However, later the minister claimed his account was hacked into.

At his interaction, Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government had marketing and television but truth was on the side of the Congress.

He asserted that Thakur's candidature from Bhopal is the party's "satyagraha" against fake "saffron" terror case.

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Taking a dig at political pundits, he said: "Experts sitting in Delhi are calling the election long, exhaustive and boring".

"So, who is responsible for the people released and given Rs 5 lakh compensation and security compromised for vote bank politics".

A host of political parties condemned her remark and the BJP disowned her statement.

The Congress also managed to attract huge crowds during the road show of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in Indore. "It is a different issue that they have apologized, but I will not be able to forgive them from my heart", BJP had tweeted quoting Narendra Modi.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also took aim at her rival over the narrative of nationalism and national security that the BJP has tried to make its primary focus in this general election, saying, "The PM talks about Pakistan while speaking on nationalism".

"The BJP has made such outrageous statements in the past too but later had to backtrack and apologise".

"Taking serious note of their remarks, the party has made a decision to send them to the disciplinary committee", Mr. Shah said.

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