Pragya apologised for her comments following widespread criticism, including from the BJP.
The viciousness lingered, though, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah holding a press conference where Modi did not take a single question and the latter reviled the Opposition; and Congress President Rahul Gandhi holding his own press conference where he charged the Modi-Shah administration with obsession with hubris that made it insensitive to the suffering of ordinary people.
"Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??"
Party sources said Pragya was reportedly discouraged by senior and local party leaders from holding the roadshow after her controversial remarks that Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse was a "Deshbhakt" or patriot.
Union minister Anantkumar Hegde also found himself in the news with a purported tweet justifying Godse's action. In his first appearance before the press, Prime Minister Modi claimed that the BJP was about to repeat history. "We not only consider such remarks as personal but also we have issued notices to those responsible and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against them", Shah said. "We have gained success in every elections", he said. American agencies also supported this that these people are associated with the LeT.
"So, who is responsible for the people released and given Rs 5 lakh compensation and security compromised for vote bank politics".
Shah was asked many questions about an unprecedented show-cause notice issued to three of its candidates - Pragya Singh Thakur, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel -- who had put out statements lionising Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. The Congress party is responsible. "Party will ask her for clarification, she should apologise publicly for this statement", party spokesperson Narasimha Rao said.
When the BJP brought in Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur to take on Congress stalwart Divijaya Singh from Bhopal, political analysts believed it to be a masterstroke to field the face of Hindutva against the person who coined phrases like "Saffron Terror" to describe the ideology of the ruling party.
"Taking serious note of their remarks, the party has chose to send them to the disciplinary committee", Mr. Shah said.