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A day after calling Godse a Patriot in Lok Sabha Pragya Thakur removed from defence committee

Raja said Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him

New Delhi: BJP MP Pragya Thakur once again adds fuel to fire by referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “Desh bhakti” (patriot), this time While debating in the Lok Sabha, triggered a protest by opposition members.

BJP leader made her comment after interrupting DMK MP A Raja who was citing a statement by Godse on why he killed Gandhi, during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill. “You cannot give the example of a Desh bhakti,” Thakur told Raja.

Raja said Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him. Raja said, Godse killed Gandhi because he believed in a particular philosophy.

On the other hand opposition members protested against Thakur, the BJP members persuaded her to sit down.

Asked about her statement to Lok Sabha Members, On Thursday she would reply said, Thakur. “Pehle usko poora suniye, mai kal dungi jawab (Listen to the whole thing first, I will reply tomorrow),” said Thakur.

Later Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said Thakur has explained to the party that she did not support Godse and was only speaking about revolutionary Udham Singh.

“According to Thakur, she has not said anything about or supported Nathuram Godse, she was only talking about Udham Singh, the revolutionary who killed General Dyer,” said Joshi, adding that when the MP was speaking during the debate, the microphone was not on and it cannot be taken on record

After opposition members protested against the remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said only the DMK leader’s speech during the discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill will go on record. The Lok Sabha secretariat said Thakur’s remarks are “non-recorded”.

BJP leader Pragya Thakur axed from Defence committee after her controversial comments in Parliament.

Earlier, Thakur was criticized for her comments on Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief late Hemant Karkare. She had said Karkare died because of his karma.

Pragya added “Hemant Karkare falsely implicated her in Malegaon blasts and treated very badly. I told him your entire dynasty will vanish. He died of his karma,”.

Later, she took back her statement on Hemant Karkare and apologized.

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