Report By Samaah Saleem| Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at Nov 28 2019
A day after describing Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, as a “patriot” during Lok Sabha proceedings, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been removed from a key parliamentary panel. Pragya Thakur has not only been axed from the Consultative Committee on Defence (she was appointed only eight days ago) but also can’t attend BJP parliamentary party meetings during the current session either.
Jagat Prakash Nadda, BJP working president, condemned Pragya Thakur’s remarks and said the BJP did not support such statements. “BJP’s disciplinary committee was likely to expel her from the party,” the sources said. Sadhvi is the MP from Bhopal.
During a Lok Sabha discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, DMK member A Raja cited a statement by Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. Pragya Thakur interrupted him saying he couldn’t give the example “of a deshbhakt”.
Members of the opposition protested her interruption, and BJP members asked her to sit down. The Speaker Om Birla said that only Raja’s statement would go on record. However, Pragya Thakur has described Nathuram Godse as a “patriot” once before, during this year’s Lok Sabha election Campaign, too.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day later said he would never forgive her for insulting Mahatma Gandhi. “The remarks made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse are very bad and very wrong for society…. She has sought an apology but I would never be able to forgive her fully,” he said.