Nathuram Godse praise proves costly for Pragya Singh Thakur

For calling Godse a ‘patriot’ in Parliament, MP Pragya to be removed from defence panel

However, after the BJP removed her from the defence consultative committee and barred her from attending its parliamentary party meetings for the rest of the Winter Session, she clarified insisting that her comment were against the "insult" to revolutionary Udham Singh.

When DMK member A Raja cited a statement of Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, Thakur interrupted and said, "You can not give the example of a deshbhakt", triggering a protest among Opposition members.

She was appointed as one of the members of the consultative committee of Parliament for the Ministry of Defence.

Pragya interrupted DMK member A Raja, who was citing a statement by Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi, during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill. As the Lok Sabha elections were drawing to a close earlier this year, as BJP's Bhopal candidate, she had called Godse a deshbhakt.

Her remarks on Godse weren't her first acquaintance with controversy in the run-up to the elections.In April, she claimed that former Mumbai anti-terrorist squad chief Hemant Karkare had died in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks because she put a curse on him for the torture she was subjected to in the investigation of the 2008 Malegaon blasts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who had condemned her statement.

However, for the first time in the history of the Indian Parliament, Nathuram Godse - who shot at Gandhi's chest three times at point-blank range - was referred to as a "patriot".

On Thakur's "deshbhakt" remark, all opposition members stood up and protested. "We demand action", Mr. Chowdhury said and added that it was the BJP's ideology that allowed her to make such a statement. "It's shocking and shameful that she is a parliamentarian", he said on Twitter.

"Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt', he is and will remain a 'deshbhakt'".

The parties are demanding that she apologise in the house. "The remarks made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse are very bad and very wrong for society. They will be given a befitting reply in this election", the controversial leader had said while attending a roadshow. "She [Ms Thakur] may have apologised, but I will never be able to forgive her", he said to local media.

The BJP had immediately got into damage control and distanced itself from Thakur's statement and asked her to tender a public apology.

Ms Thakur first made worldwide headlines when she stood for election as an MP in Madhya Pradesh state in the general election earlier this year.



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