Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday condemned Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan for terming Mahatma Gandhi a Hindu extremist.
In a statement issued here Soundararajan said: “Now Gandhi has turned into an extremist in his eyes. Thirumavalan has gone to the worse extent to term Gandhi a Hindu extremist. Now what will other parties say to this?”
Soundararajan said Gandhi had asked people to be truthful to their own religion and Thirumavalavan has made him an extremist.
In an interview to News18 Tamil channel, Thirumavalan said a person can have an extreme belief in a religion or a political party and it can be termed as extremism.
“In that manner, Gandhi is an extremist. He had extreme belief in Hinduism. But Nathuram Godse is a terrorist. So when one says Gandhi is Hindu extremist, then Nathuram Godse is a Hindu terrorist,” Thirumavalan said.
Coming to the defence of actor-politician Kamal Haasan, the VCK leader said Godse was a Hindu.
Campaigning for his party candidate in Aravakuruchi assembly constituency, Haasan had said independent India’s first extremist/terrorist was a Hindu -Nathuram Godse.