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BJP condemns Pragya Thakur's remarks on Godse, drops her from House defence panel

Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP MP over her statement

By The Telegraph and PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 28.11.19, 12:10 PM
  • Updated 28.11.19, 12:10 PM
  • 2 mins read
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In this July 23, 2019 file photo, BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur arrives for the BJP parliamentary party meeting at Parliament House, in New Delhi. PTI

The BJP on Thursday barred MP Pragya Thakur from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

Thakur had referred to Godse as a "deshbhakt" (patriot) a day earlier in the Lok Sabha during a debate on SPG bill.

BJP working president J. P. Nadda announced the disciplinary action against her and condemned the Bhopal MP's remarks in a bid to defuse the political crisis triggered by her remarks in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Nadda also said that Thakur will be removed from the consultative committee on defence, to which she was recently appointed.

"The statement given by MP Pragya Thakur is condemnable. The BJP never supports such statements and we do not support this ideology. We have decided that Thakur will not attend the BJP parliamentary party meetings during the session," he told reporters.

Thakur made the controversial remarks during DMK member A. Raja's narration of a statement by Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi.

However, after Opposition members protested against Thakur's remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said only the DMK leader's speech during the discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill will go on record.

Opposition parties attacked the government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the PM's "inaction" against her proves his latent support to "Godse's sinister thought".

The members of the Opposition party said Thakur's remarks were a "perfect representation" of the BJP's "deplorable hate politics".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted that "terrorist" Pragya (she is an accused in the Malegaon blast) is calling Godse a patriot and that it is a "sad day" in the history of Parliament.

"We are very clear about it that we condemn her statement and we do not support this ideology," Nadda, who was accompanied by parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi, said.

During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Thakur had described Godse as a patriot, triggering a huge political storm.

Later, she had apologised for her statement.

Modi had said that the remarks made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse were very bad and very wrong for the society. "She has sought an apology but I would never be able to forgive her fully," he had said.

"Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', he is and will remain a 'deshbhakt'. Those calling him a terrorist should instead look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election," the controversial leader had said while attending a roadshow.

The BJP had immediately got into damage control and distanced itself from Thakur's statement and asked her to tender a public apology.