Bengaluru: Days after BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur's comment on the support of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, two other BJP leaders took to Twitter in support of Godse. Though Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde and BJP MP Nalin Kumar Kateel from Karnataka removed their posts from Twitter, BJP president Amit Shah has asked them for an explanation within 10 days and has said they will face the disciplinary committee.

In Nalin Kumar Kateel's tweet, he compared Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Godse to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. On the other side, Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde had posted a tweet which claimed: "seven decades later, the condemned were being heard".

However, both the tweets from their Twitter accounts vanished while Hegde put out a message claiming that his account was breached. The message from the Union minister made viewers relate to Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina's controversial tweet against Pakistan and blamed his nephew for the comment.

On Thursday (May 16), Kateel put out a tweet which said, "Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is crueller in this??”

This comment came by these political leaders after Pragya Thakur glorified Godse as a patriot. After her comment, Pragya apologised on Twitter about her claims on Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse.

Amid spiralling criticism, BJP president Amit Shah took to Twitter and said that the party does not subscribe to the views of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Ananth Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kateel. He further said that their views are their own and have retracted their tweets in the last two days.

The BJP president further went on to say that since they have spoken out of turn as public representatives, the BJP believes it is fit that they appear before the disciplinary committee and provide an explanation.