"In the last 2 days, the statements of Shri Ananthkumar Hegde, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal statements. Those statements have nothing to do with the Bharatiya Janata Party", Amit Shah tweeted.
"These people have withdrawn their statements and have apologised. Even then, these statements which are contrary to public life and the dignity and ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party, have been taken seriously by the party. These statements have been sent to the disciplinary committee," he added.
विगत 2 दिनों में श्री अनंतकुमार हेगड़े, साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर और श्री नलीन कटील के जो बयान आये हैं वो उनके निजी बयान हैं, उन बयानों से भारतीय जनता पार्टी का कोई संबंध नहीं है।— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2019
An internal party disciplinary committee will submit a report over the issue in the next ten days.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, the controversial BJP candidate from Bhopal, while speaking at a poll campaign in Malwa in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, reportedly described Godse as a deshbhakt or patriot. "Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', is a 'deshbhakt' and will remain a 'deshbhakt'". Though she did not directly apologise or withdraw the statement, she later told the media that her line was that of the BJP's that Godse should not be revered.
Anantkumar Hegde, a Union Minister from Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, had also supported Godse in a tweet. He is notorious for having made a number of controversial statements over the years. "I am glad that seven decades later today's generation debates in a changed perceptional environment and gives good scope for the condemned to be heard upon #NathuramGodse would have finally felt happy with this debate," he tweeted. He is the party's candidate from Uttara Kannada constituency.
He later claimed that his account had been hacked and that he did not endorse the statement. "My account was hacked since yesterday. There is no question of justifying Gandhi ji's murder. There can be no sympathy or justification of Gandhi ji's murder. We all have full respect for Gandhi ji's contribution to the nation," he later tweeted on Friday.
Meanwhile, BJP's candidate from the Dakshina Kannada constituency, also spoke in favour of Godse. "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this?", he tweeted. The tweet has since been deleted. He tendered an apology in a tweet on Friday morning. "I have noticed that my last two tweets have been criticized. I apologize if anyone is hurt by it. It was not my intention to hurt anyone. I have retracted the tweet as soon as I realised it hurting. Let us finish the discussion here," Nalin tweeted in Kannada.
ನನ್ನ ಕೊನೆಯ ಎರಡು ಟ್ವೀಟ್ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಟೀಕೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದ್ದನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಯಾರಿಗಾದರೂ ಅದರಿಂದ ಬೇಸರವಾಗಿದ್ದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಕ್ಷಮೆಯಾಚಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಯಾರನ್ನೂ ನೋಯಿಸುವುದು ನನ್ನ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ನೋವಾಗಿದೆಯೆಂದು ತಿಳಿದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಟ್ವೀಟ್ ಹಿಂಪಡೆದಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಚರ್ಚೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಮುಗಿಸೋಣ.— Chowkidar Nalinkumar Kateel (@nalinkateel) May 17, 2019