BJP MP and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur has been axed from the parliamentary defence panel after she repeated her infamous Godse remark, this time in the Parliament.
The House was discussing Special Protection Group (Amnedment) Bill when DMK leader A Raja cited a statement by Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. Pragya intervened while Raja was addressing; she said he couldn’t give the example of a deshbhakt.
The opposition has walked out of the Lok Sabha in protest after Speaker Om Birla said there will be no debate on Thakur’s controversial remark
After the opposition mounted a sharp attack on the BJP over Thakur’s remark, the party has got into damage control mode and distanced itself from her remarks. Not only Thakur has been removed from the committee–to which she was appointed eight days ago—but she cannot attend the parliamentary party meetings in the current session either.
BJP working president JP Nadda has condemned Thakur’s remark and said BJP never supports such statement and we do not support this ideology.’
Reacting to Thakur comments, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out at her and said, “she shows the heart of BJP and RSS and it cannot be hidden. I don’t want to waste my time demanding action against the woman.”
Rahul Gandhi reprimanding Thakur tweeted, “Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament.”
Earlier too her open affection for Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin had sparked furious reactions from all quarters. While campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, she had then also called Godse a ”patriot”. Embarrassed BJP clarified that those were her “personal remarks”.
She did apologise later. But when the opposition demanded an explanation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he could “never forgive her” for her statement.
BJP MP and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur was nominated to parliamentary committee on defence which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The Congress had described the move as an “insult to defence forces”.
Pragya Thakur is one of the accused in the Malegaon blasts in 2008 and is currently out on bail, which was granted to her on health grounds. She faces multiple charges under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act.