Sakshi Maharaj apologises for calling Godse a ‘patriot’ as Opposition protests

December 12, 2014
Delhi, National
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New Delhi

 BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Friday regretted his statement on Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha and withdrew his remarks. 

He said, “The Opposition has no other issue left.”

Sakshi Maharaj had described Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “patriot”, sparking outrage following which he had retracted.

Meanwhile, union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday condemned Sakshi Maharaj’s statement. 

Both Houses of Parliament on Friday witnessed uproar over remarks made by Sakshi Maharaj and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.

The MP from Unnao had said, “Godse was an aggrieved person.  He may have done something by mistake but was no an anti-national. He was a patriot.”

When his remarks triggered a controversy with demands for action, he retracted saying, “I do not consider him a rashtra bhakta (patriot). I might have said something by mistake.”

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