May 31, 2020 | 5:19 PM IST
Pragya Thakur

BJP drops MP Pragya Thakur after referring to Godse as ‘deshbhakt’ again

BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been removed from the consultative committee of the Defence Ministry on Thursday after she referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as ‘deshbhakt’ in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. 

During a Parliament session on Wednesday, DMK MP A Raja was speaking on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, while Thakur interrupted and referred to Nathuram Godse as ‘deshbhakt’. 

Raja said that Godse had admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him. He added that Godse killed Gandhi because he believed in a particular philosophy. Reacting to this, Thakur got up and interrupted saying, “You cannot give an example of a ‘deshbhakt’.

The opposition has condemned Thakur's statement and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any action against his party’s parliamentarian.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday condemning Thakur went on record in Lok Sabha to say, “Not just calling Godse a deshbhakt (patriot), but we condemn even such thinking. Mahatma Gandhi's ideology is relevant now as much as it was before.”
BJP’s working president JP Nadda too said, “We have decided that Pragya Singh Thakur will be removed from the consultative committee of defence, and in this session she will not be allowed to participate in BJP parliamentary party meetings.”

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said he will never forgive the Bhopal BJP MP for terming Gandhi's assassin a patriot.

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