Modi ducks questions at first presser, draws flak

Modi ducks questions at first presser, draws flak

Meanwhile, Thakur's spokesperson and BJP leader Hitesh Bajpai was quoted as saying that she had apologised for her remark.

The 47-year-old, who made headlines earlier this week by stopping her journey midway to meet and greet a group of BJP supporters, said, "You (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) boasted about your 56-inch chest, but where is your heart?" Thakur, who is the main accused in the Malegaon blast that killed 40 people and injured 125, claimed that it was her curse that resulted in the death of Mumbai cop Hemant Karkare on the fateful night of November 26, 2008 during the Mumbai attacks. For loose cannons usually cause the most harm to those who own them. A statement by a controversial politician of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), calling Mahatma Gandhi's assassin "a true patriot", appears to have opened a can of worms, evoking sharp reactions and even drawing condemnation from India's PM.

Union minister Anantkumar Hegde also found himself in the news with a purported tweet justifying Godse's action.

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

However, the Prime Minister did not take any questions from reporters.

Pragya had joined the BJP on April 17 and was announced as the party's candidate for Bhopal constituency the same day.

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"The Congress compromised on the country's security for vote bank politics", he said. "Such people will be given a befitting reply in this election". American agencies also supported this that these people are associated with the LeT.

The courts have said that saffron terror is imaginary, he said.

After her party, the BJP, immediately distanced itself from the remarks, she was forced to apologise for the statement while blaming media outlets for twisting her remarks.

Randeep Surjewala, a spokesman for the opposition Congress party, said in a statement that Thakur's comment "crossed all limits" and called for her withdrawal from the race. "However, their remarks are against the decorum of public life and the BJP, and also against the party's ideology".

"Statements of Ananth Kumar Hegde, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion, BJP has nothing to do with it.They have withdrawn their statements and apologized".

"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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