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Godse a patriot, Pragya says in Parliament, ruffles opposition

When DMK MP A Raja cited a statement of Nathuram Godse, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur intervened, saying he should name a 'patriot' with respect

BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur called Nathuram Godse a patriot in Parliament today. The MP made this statement during a debate in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

DMK MP A Raja was sharing his opinion on the SPG Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha where he cited a statement of Godse where the assassin of MK Gandhi had explained his deed. Thakur interrupted him, saying, “You cannot give an example of a patriot.”

There was a ruckus in the Lok Sabha after this statement, which was expunged from the Lok Sabha records.

Later, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said on a television channel that the party could take action on Pragya Thakur.

When Pragya Singh Thakur was questioned by reporters, she said she would explain her position the next day.

Godse killed Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (left) and Nathuram Godse

This is not the first time Pragya Singh Thakur has described Nathuram Godse as a patriot. Even during the campaign for the Lok Sabha election, she had called Godse a patriot. She had said that Nathuram Godse was a patriot and would always remain so. “People who call him a terrorist should look into their own religion,” she had said.

BJP had condemned her statement and asked for public apology. The party served Sadhvi Pragya a show-cause notice for the statement. A disciplinary committee was assigned the case. She had apologised after the controversy escalated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed displeasure over Thakur’s statement at that point. He had said whatever Godse did to Gandhi was terrible. “These things are completely disgusting, such things do not work in a civilised society,” Modi had said. The prime minister had said that even though Sadhvi Pragya had apologised in this matter, “I will never be able to forgive her from my heart”.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case and is out on bail. This matter is still being heard in the court even as the votaries of Modi-led BJP wonder how this government is any different from the UPA dispensation that had coined the term “saffron terror” and built a narrative around it.

During the UPA years, stories of inhuman torture meted out to Sadhvi Pragya in police custody had grabbed media headlines, moving the entire brass of the Sangh Parivar and a BJP led by LK Advani.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was elected to Parliament from Bhopal where she defeated INC leader and known Hindu baiter Digvijaya Singh.

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