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Parliament LIVE: Pragya Thakur Reads Out Apology Agreed by All Parties But Says Didn't Name Godse

Parliament LIVE: BJP MP Pragya Thakur took a second shot at an apology in the Lok Sabha over her remarks praising Nathuram Godse, this time reading out from one agreed to by all parties.

News18.com | November 29, 2019, 18:41 IST
Parliament LIVE: BJP MP Pragya Thakur took a second shot at an apology in the Lok Sabha over her remarks praising Nathuram Godse, this time reading out from one agreed to by all parties. Thakur’s first apology in the Lok Sabha was a conditional one in which she said that she too was called a ‘terrorist’ by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi though “there is no evidence against me”. As the half-hearted apology triggered an uproar in opposition benches, the Speaker adjourned the house and called for a meeting with the floor leaders of all parties.

“If anyone is hurt due to any of my statements, I apologise. But my point was misrepresented and misquoted. I was called a terrorist. There is no evidence against me,” she had said in her first reply in the Lok Sabha after Wednesday’s shocker.
Nov 29, 2019 18:41 (IST)

The Lok Sabha has also been adjourned. 

Nov 29, 2019 17:04 (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned. 

Nov 29, 2019 16:51 (IST)

AAP's Sanjay Singh further says, "We are asked to fix the condition of health, water and traffic. But we aren't allowed to pull up any officials. Which government are you running in Delhi? Why are we being punished. 25 MLAs are sent to jail, CBI cases are slapped on the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Traffic Minister. They looked through 400 files but found nothing. How will there be a federal structure? What is our crime? Why aren't you allowing us to work?"

Nov 29, 2019 16:49 (IST)

The Big Federalism Debate: AAP Fires at Centre | There's a heated debated happening on the federal structure of the country. Aam Admi Party's Sanjay Singh fires at the Centre for hindering the Delhi government's efforts in the state. "In 2015, elections were held in Delhi and Kejriwal emerged as the clear victor. The second party, who got just 3 seats was the BJP. Despite having these many seats in the state, they single-handedly decided on the transfer and posting of officials. After this they brought the ACB into the ambit of the Home Ministry even after we had identified 16 cases around the Commonwealth Games scam."

Nov 29, 2019 16:36 (IST)

BJP MP Guman Singh Damor raises the issue of the gruesome gangrape in Ranchi. "I suggest that a special designated helpline be setup for children and women. And this cell should assist in the filing of the FIR. Also a lady doctor, nurse should be present at the medical examination of the rape victim," he says.

Nov 29, 2019 16:27 (IST)

Rahul Says He is Not Backing Down | After Pragya Thakur issed an apology over her remarks on Nathuram Godse, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he stood by his remarks on Twitter terming BJP MP Pragya Thakur a "terrorist" and was ready to face any action. "Yes, I stand by my statement. What I have written on Twitter, I stand by it. Yes," he told reporters after BJP MP Nishikant Dubey demanded a privilege motion against Gandhi for calling Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, a “terrorist”.

Nov 29, 2019 16:15 (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi raises the issue of the Jammu and Kashmir National Highway being blocked for around 100 to 150 days a year. " It is difficult because the airline prices are also high," he says. A second issue he raises is one of the on-campus recruitment from the NIT Srinagar as he urged for an extension on the dates so that the students aren't "deprived".

Nov 29, 2019 14:57 (IST)

Pragya Thakur apologises in Lok Sabha for glorifying Mahatma Gandhi's assassain in Parliament. "I didn't name Godse during discussion on SPG Bill but even then I apologise if someone was hurt," she says. Earlier today, she said that her remark was taken out of context, adding that former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tender an apology for calling her a “terrorist”.

Nov 29, 2019 14:40 (IST)

BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been asked to read an unconditional apology on the floor of Parliament after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla holds a meeting with floor leaders of all political parties to discuss the issue. 

Nov 29, 2019 13:47 (IST)

BJP MP Pragya Thakur has sent her demand for a privilege Motion against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. "Do it," replies the Congress leader.

Nov 29, 2019 13:16 (IST)

Speaker Om Birla calls meeting of floor leaders of political parties to end impasse in Lok Sabha over Pragya Thakur's remarks on Nathuram Godse.

Nov 29, 2019 13:10 (IST)

Asaduddin Owaisi demands that Pragya Thakur categorically refutes her earlier statements in Lok Sabha by saying that Nathuram Godse was not a deshbhakt and that he is a terrorist and murderer of Gandhi. 

Nov 29, 2019 13:01 (IST)

Youth Congress Workers dressed as Mahatma Gandhi protest against BJP MP Pragya Thakur for glorifying Mahatma Gandhi's assassain Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha. 

Nov 29, 2019 12:53 (IST)

Following the uproar Speaker Om Birla asks the House not to "politicise the issue". "Not only this nation but the world follows the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. We shouldn't politicise this issue. If we do, it'll be before the world. So as I said, the remarks won't be recorded. This House doesn't permit to glorify the matter of assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, whether in this House or outside. Yesterday, the Defence Minister gave the clarification on behalf of the government. The MP (Pragya Singh Thakur) has apologised too." 

Nov 29, 2019 12:46 (IST)

Cong Demands Unqualified Apology | Objecting to the debates steering towards Rahul Gandhi's tweet on Pragya Thakur, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry accuses the Centre of "deliberately changing the issue." "What is the connection between what happened outside the house and what was said inside? An unqualified apology is our demand," he says. 

Nov 29, 2019 12:41 (IST)

Taking a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Thakur earlier today said, "A member of the House referred to me as 'terrorist'. It is an attack on my dignity. No charges against me have been proven in court." On Thursday, Rahul had tweeted, "Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament." 

Nov 29, 2019 12:33 (IST)

Amid the chaos, BJP MP Nishikant Dube comes to the defence of Pragya Thakur and demands an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling Thakur a terrorist. "Calling a woman a terrorist is worse than the murder of the Mahatma," he says. 

Nov 29, 2019 12:30 (IST)

Chaos in LS | Ruckus ensues in Parliament after the Opposition refuses to accept Pragya Thakur's aplogy for glorifying Mahatma Gandhi's assassain Nathuram Godse in the House yesterday. Chants of slogans like "Down Down Godse" engulf the proceedings as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla makes attempts to placate the MPs. 

Nov 29, 2019 12:20 (IST)

Chaos erupts in Lok Sabha after Pragya Thakur clarifies her stand in the House of Parliament, saying that her statement was misrepresented. Angry Opposition MPs from TMC, DMC, BJP along with the Congress are now questioning how she has been allowed to make such a statement amid chants of 'Down Down Godse' and 'Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai'. 

Nov 29, 2019 12:16 (IST)

Pragya Thakur Apologises in LS | Clarifying her stand on Godse remark, BJP MP Pragya Thakur aplogises in Lok Sabha and says, "I am sorry if her statements hurt anyone," as her  words are drowned in uproar from the Opposition camp. " But I would also like to say," -- she adds -- " that my statements were twisted and presented in another manner and this is condemnable. I was tagged as a terrorist. No charges have been proven against me in the court. This is against the law to call me a terrorist without any proof and an attempt to insult me." 

Nov 29, 2019 12:01 (IST)

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 Pragya Thakur's praise for Godse. He said such remarks also hurt the dignity of the chair and as the custodian of the House, the Speaker should take action.

Nov 29, 2019 11:16 (IST)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today will make another push for the recently-introduced Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to replace the ordinance, issued on September 20, to slash corporate tax rate to 22% without incentives and 15% for new manufacturing entities in Lok Sabha today.

Nov 29, 2019 11:10 (IST)

TMC Gives Adjournment Notice Over WhatsApp Breach | On the 10th day of Winter Session, the Trinamool Congress gave an Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha on the WhatsApp snooping controversy that has sparked a furore among opposition leaders and privacy rights activists who are seeking answers from the government. Faced with a barrage of questions on the WhatsApp snooping controversy in Parliament Thursday, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said India would never compromise on data sovereignty. 

Nov 29, 2019 11:08 (IST)

Pragya Thakur to Clarify her Statement in LS Today | Opposition's protests are likely to dominate today's session too as Pragya Thakur  will clarify her stand on the floor of the House. Under attack from several quarters, Thakur yesterday defended her remark, insisting that her controversial comment made in Lok Sabha was against the "insult" to revolutionary Udham Singh 

Nov 29, 2019 11:06 (IST)

Amid Oppn Uproar, BJP Axes Thakur from Key Roles | As the Opposition cornered the government yesterday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the controversial statement, saying the BJP would not even entertain such a thought, let alone make such a statement. Amidst a raging row over its MP Pragya Thakur's Godse remark in Lok Sabha, the BJP on also barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting and removed her from the consultative committee on defence, even as the Congress stepped up its attack over the issue with its leader Rahul Gandhi asserting that her comment reflected the "heart and soul" of the saffron party and the RSS.

Nov 29, 2019 11:05 (IST)

Congress to Move Censure Motion Against Pragya Thakur | Congress today is likely to move a censure motion against Bhopal BJP MP Pragya Thakur for her remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse in the Lok Sabha. Signatures of Congress MPs and Lok Sabha members of other UPA constituents including DMK, NCP, RJD, IUML and some other parties were procured to move the motion before Speaker Om Birla. 

Parliament LIVE: Pragya Thakur Reads Out Apology Agreed by All Parties But Says Didn't Name Godse
File photo of BJP MP Pragya Thakur in Lok Sabha.

As Congress MPs rose to their feet demanding a proper apology, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey demanded that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi must apologise as well for calling Thakur, accused in the Malegaon blasts case, a ‘terrorist’. Dubey went on to insist that calling Thakur a terrorist “is worse than Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination”.

The Congress and other UPA constituents had given a notice to move a censure motion in the Lok Sabha over the controversy. Signatures of MPs from the Congress, DMK, NCP, RJD and IUML were on the motion which was presented to House Speaker Om Birla. According to sources, the Congress is also upset over Thakur calling it a "terrorist party", and has demanded an apology for the "unwarranted remarks", which, they allege, have lowered the dignity of the House.

Thakur created a controversy on Wednesday with her remark 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.

However, after the opposition members' protest, the Lok Sabha speaker said only the DMK leader's speech during the discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill will go on record.

"We are very clear about it that we condemn her statement and we do not support this ideology," BJP working president J P Nadda said.

This is not the first time that Thakur has courted controversy because of her comments on Godse. 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.

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