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Pragya tenders apology in Lok Sabha for her remarks on Godse

The BJP MP also said her remarks have been twisted

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 29.11.19, 12:56 PM
  • Updated 29.11.19, 1:44 PM
  • a min read
BJP MP Pragya Thakur also said that she respects and pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi for his contribution to the country. (PTI)

BJP MP Pragya Thakur on Friday tendered an apology in Lok Sabha after facing flak for her controversial comments on Nathuram Godse but said that her remarks have been twisted.

The Bhopal MP said her comments were in a different context.

Thakur created a controversy on Wednesday with her remarks in the Lower House of Parliament during DMK member A. Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi.

"If my comments have hurt in anyway, I regret and seek apology. My comments in the House have been twisted," she said without taking Godse's name.

Thakur also said that she respects and pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi for his contribution to the country.

The MP also said that she was dubbed as a terrorist by an MP despite being acquitted by the court.

"One member has publicly termed me as a terrorist, though I have been acquitted by the court," she said and added that making such remarks too were against the law.

Unsatisfied with Thakur's apology, the Congress strongly protested in the House and shouted slogans. They said her apology was not conditional and insisted that she apologise unconditionally.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has called a meeting of floor leaders of different political parties to end the row over Thakur's statement. 

The principal Opposition party also demanded suspension of Thakur from the House.

Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Opposition members have raised the issue of Thakur's comments.

Chowdhury said such remarks also hurt the dignity of the chair and as the custodian of the House, the speaker should take action.

Without naming Thakur, the speaker then said he would "ask the respected member to come to the House at noon after Question Hour".

The Congress and other constituents of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are also likely to move a censure motion in Lok Sabha against Thakur for her remarks, sources said.

The BJP had condemned her statement and barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session and also removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

Thakur's remarks on Godse was never made part of the records.