On the last phase of polling, BJP’s ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar given a shock to the party by strongly condemned BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial remark describing assassin of Mahatama Gandhi, Nathuram Godse as “patriot’. He said that BJP should consider expelling her from the party.
Kumar, president of BJP’s strong ally JD(U), made it clear that his party would not tolerate such things. “This is highly condemnable. We will not tolerate all these things (Thakur’s statement terming Godse as patriot). Bapu is the father of the nation and people will not like if anyone talks about Godse in this manner,” Kumar said.
Kumar was talking to reporters after casting his vote at a polling station located at a government school near Raj Bhavan here. It falls under Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, where Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha is locked in an intense contest with Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad.
In reply to a query whether the BJP should expel her from the party, Kumar said that “it must be considered.” He, however, was quick to add that though “it is an internal matter of the BJP, but so far as country or ideology is concerned, there is no question of tolerating such things.”
Kumar said that he has categorically stated that it is completely in the domain of party to give reaction or take action against the person who made such remarks. In reply to a query, Kumar said that he has never compromised over 3Cs – “crime, corruption and communalism”.