BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday vowed to observe ‘maun vrat’ or ‘three days of silence’ till the Lok Sabha election results are declared.
This comes days after Thakur kicked up a political storm for her remark that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a patriot.
The new entrant to politics, who landed in trouble for making controversial statements one after the other, took to Twitter and wrote, “After the elections, it is now time for reflection. If my words have hurt national sentiment, then I apologise and to atone for them, I will strictly follow 21 prahar (around three days) of silence.”
चुनावी प्रक्रियाओ के उपरान्त अब समय है चिंतन मनन का,
इस दौरान मेरे शब्दों से समस्त देशभक्तों को यदि ठेस पहुंची है तो मैं क्षमा प्रार्थी हूँ और सार्वजनिक जीवन की मर्यादा के अंतर्गत प्रयश्चित हेतु 21 प्रहर के मौन व कठोर तपस्यारत हो रही हूं।
— Sadhvi Pragya Official (@SadhviPragya_MP) May 20, 2019
A massive controversy had erupted after Thakur last week called Godse a patriot. “Nathuram Godseji deshbhakt the, hai, aur rahenge… unko aatankwadi kahne wale log swayam ki gireban me jhaank kar dekhe… chunav mein aise logon ko jawab de diya jayega (Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will remain a patriot… those who call him a terrorist should look within… they will get a reply in this election),” she had told news agency ANI, during a roadshow in Agar town.
Besides criticism from the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned her remarks, saying, “I will not be able to forgive her from my heart.” While the BJP president Amit Shah told a press conference that the party has initiated disciplinary action against the Malegaon blast accused.