NEW DELHI :
Cracking the whip on its serial-offender MP Pragya Thakur, who hailed Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha, the BJP on Thursday barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence. BJP working president J P Nadda announced the disciplinary action against her and condemned the controversial Hindutva leader’s remarks in a bid to defuse the political crisis triggered by her remarks in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Nadda also said that Thakur will be removed from the consultative committee on defence, to which she was recently appointed.
“The statement given by MP Pragya Thakur is condemnable. BJP never supports such statement and we do not support this ideology. We have decided that Thakur will not attend meetings of BJP parliamentary party during the session,” he told reporters. Thakur created a controversy on Wednesday with her remark in the Lower House during DMK member A Raja’s narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. However, after Opposition members protested against Thakur’s 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. Opposition parties attacked the Government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the PM’s “inaction” against her proves his latent support to “Godse’s sinister thought”.
The Opposition party said Thakur’s remarks were a “perfect representation” of the BJP’s “deplorable hate politics”. “We are very clear about it that we condemn her statement and we do not support this ideology,” Nadda, who was accompanied by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, said. During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Thakur had described Godse as a patriot, triggering a huge political storm. Later, she had apologised for her statement. 50 MPs write to Speaker, seek to censure Pragya: As many as 50 Members of Parliament (MPs) including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Dayanidhi Maran, Manicka Tagore, and NK Premachandran have given a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to censure BJP MP Pragya Thakur for “insulting Mahatma Gandhi.”
“House resolves to censure Pragya Thakur for having insulted Mahatma Gandhi by calling Nathuram Godse a ‘Deshbhakt’ in the House,” the letter states. Lok Sabha Speaker Birla had earlier today said that no debate will be held on the remark made by Thakur on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, as what she said was “expunged” from records. “What she (BJP MP Pragya Thakur) said has been expunged from the record. How can there be a debate if it is not on record?” said Om Birla. The Speaker’s clarification came when Congress leader in the Lok Sabha raked up the issue. Thakur, BJP MP from Bhopal, had triggered an uproar during a discussion in the lower house on Wednesday when she interrupted DMK leader A Raja’s speech during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill and praised Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse.
‘Condemn philosophy which describes Godse as patriot’
NEW DELHI :
AMID Opposition protests over BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s comments on Nathuram Godse, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said in Lok Sabha that his party condemns any philosophy which describes Mahatma Gandhi’s killer as a patriot. Singh also said that Gandhi’s philosophy was, is and will remain relevant and described him as a guide (margdarshak) for the nation. Not satisfied with his response, the Opposition-led by the Congress staged a walkout. As soon as the House met to take up the day’s business, Opposition members stood up and strongly protested the remarks made by Thakur on Wednesday on Godse during the debate on the Special Protection Group (Amendment Bill). Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Thakur has called Godse a patriot and the Congress a terrorist party. “Thousands of members of the Congress have laid down their lives while serving the nation. How can she dare to say such things that too inside the House. We demand action,” he said.
The Congress leader accused the BJP of doing politics in the name of Gandhi and appropriating his and Nehru’s legacy. Chowdhury said it was because of the BJP’s ideology that Thakur could make such comments. The Congress leader was supported by members belonging to the Trinamool Congress, DMK, Left parties, NCP and AIMIM. Speaker Om Birla tried to pacify the agitating Opposition members, saying he would give his ruling and asked them to take their seats. TMC leader Saugata Roy and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi told the Speaker that they should also be given an opportunity to speak. Birla, however, said the remarks of Thakur were already expunged from the records and there was no scope for any debate.
At this, the Defence Minister stood up and urged the Speaker to allow him to speak. Singh said the BJP condemns any philosophy which describes Godse as a patriot. “Far from talking about Nathuram Godse being called a patriot, we condemn the idea of treating him as a patriot. His philosophy was, is and will remain relevant and he is as a guide (margdarshak) for the nation,” he said. Not satisfied with the response, the MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, Left parties, NCP and AIMIM staged a walk out. However, the BSP, BJD, TDP and TRS members remained seated in the House. Unlike on other issues, when they are often seen engaged in a verbal duel with the Opposition, BJP members remained quiet during the Opposition protests today.
‘Remark was against Udham Singh’s insult’
NEW DELHI :
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Thakur on Thursday insisted that her controversial remarks made in the Lok Sabha was against “insult” to revolutionary Udham Singh and said that “storm of lies becomes so big at times that even day appears to be night”. Her tweet defending her comments, which was seen as a praise for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, came after BJP barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting during the Parliament session.