The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the outrageous statement of BJP candidate from Bhopal Parliamentary Constituency, Pragya Singh Thakur, describing the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi Nathuram Godse: “was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot….”. Pragya Thakur is a terror accused out on bail on medical grounds.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as “a symbol of India’s civilizational heritage”. By fielding her, the RSS-BJP were seeking to whip up communal polarization and consolidate the ‘Hindutva communal vote bank’. This reflects the RSS-BJP attitude towards terrorism, a terror accused and the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. The apology she has made, at the behest of the BJP, is an eyewash confirming that she adheres to her position.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) refrains from approaching the Election Commission of India, on this score, given its recent track record. The Polit Bureau calls upon the Indian people to defeat and reject the BJP in order to safeguard and strengthen the Indian Constitutional Republic.