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Pragya Thakur Axed from Defence Panel for Godse Remark, Barred from BJP Parliamentary Meets

As the opposition pounced on the statement by the Malegaon blasts accused made in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, BJP sources said Pragya Thakur’s suspension from the party has not been ruled out.

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Updated:November 28, 2019, 2:57 PM IST
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Pragya Thakur Axed from Defence Panel for Godse Remark, Barred from BJP Parliamentary Meets
File photo of Bhopal BJP MP Pragya Thakur in the Lok Sabha.

New Delhi: Controversial BJP lawmaker Pragya Thakur has been booted out of the parliamentary consultative committee on defence and barred from the party’s parliamentary meetings for the winter session with her remark on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse likely to bring in more trouble for the Bhopal lawmaker.

As the opposition pounced on the statement by the Malegaon blasts accused made in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, BJP sources said Thakur’s suspension from the party has not been ruled out.

“Her statement yesterday in Parliament is condemnable. The BJP never supports such statement or ideology… We have decided that Thakur will not attend meetings of BJP parliamentary party during the session,” BJP working president JP Nadda said on Thursday.

The motor-mouth MP had made the remark on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha after interrupting DMK member A Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Thakur has, however, claimed that she was speaking about revolutionary Udham Singh and not Godse.

In yet another controversial decision, Speaker Om Birla said only Raja’s speech during the discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill will go on record. Later, the Lok Sabha secretariat issued an official communication that Thakur's remarks are "non-recorded".

Raja said that Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him. “Godse killed Gandhi because he believed in a particular philosophy,” Raja added. While the opposition members protested the interruption by Thakur, the BJP members persuaded her to sit down.

This is not the first time Thakur has triggered controversy over Godse. During the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Thakur had described Godse as a “true patriot”, triggering a huge political storm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had then said that he would never forgive Thakur.

With Thakur repeating the statement, the Congress has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the comments, alleging that the PM's "inaction" against her proves his latent support to "Godse's sinister thought".

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the prime minister, who celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in a grand manner, is requested to say from the heart what his thoughts are about Godse.

Another Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, referring to Thakur, said "this motormouth" shall ensure the downfall of the BJP. "Whatever the case might be, this is an extremely dangerous sign and has made a complete mockery of the Indian democracy and it's founding fathers," he said in a tweet.

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