Pragya Singh Thakur has become target of condemnation over Godse remark, removed from parliamentary panel

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My party completely condemns the mindset that treats Nathuram Godse as a patriot – Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament on 28 November 2019

New Delhi: Pragya Singh Thakur, who has become a target of condemnation, after she described Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, as “patriot” during Lok Sabha proceedings on Wednesday 27 November 2019 was today dropped from Parliament’s Consultative Committee on Defence.

BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda has condemned Pragya Thakur’s remarks, and said the BJP didn’t support such statements.

In Lok Sabha, immediately after the House met for business on Thursday morning, there was commotion and the proceedings were disrupted repeatedly as the Opposition members lodged their protest over Pragya Thakur’s Godse remark. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh intervened and said that far from calling Nathuram Godse a patriot, his party completely condemns the mindset that treats Nathuram Godse as a patriot. As far as Mahatma Gandhiji is concerned, he is our ideal. He was always our guide and shall remain our guide in future. His ideology was relevant in the past and is also relevant today. Even in times to come, it will be relevant in totality. Everyone, irrespective of political affiliations, caste or religion, all consider Mahatma Gandhi as their ideal, the Home Minister said.

The opposition members were not ready to relent. At this stage, Adhri Ranjan Chowdhury, Kalanidhi Maran, Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil, Prof. Saugata Roy, Asaduddin Owaisi and some other Members left the House.

Earlier Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said “You want to gobble up Indira Gandhi, gobble up Jawaharlal Nehru. Now there is an attempt to gobble up Mahatma Gandhi.The whole world condemns this, entire nation condemns this. The government should give a statement.”

Prof. Saugata Roy also lashed out at Pragya Thakur on her “patriot” remark.

The proceedings were continuously disrupted while the Speaker tried his best to give a ruling in this matter.

When Asaduddin Owaisi intervened and sought permission to speak, the Speaker told him that he would not be allowed to speak as the House was not having a debate. There will be a debate only if something is brought on record, he pointed out and stated categorically that he has already given his ruling and it (Pragya Thakur’s remark) has been removed from record.

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