BJP drops Pragya Thakur from Consultative panel on Defence

BJP drops Pragya Thakur from Consultative panel on Defence

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New Delhi, Nov 28 : Under attack from the opposition parties, including Congress, the BJP on Thursday removed party lawmaker Pragya Singh Thakur from the Consultative Committee to the Ministry of Defence.

"We have decided that Pragya Singh Thakur will be removed from the Consultative Committee to Defence Ministry," party's working president J P Nadda told reporters here.

He also said Ms Thakur will not be allowed to participate in the Parliamentary party meetings in the on-going winter session of Parliament. "Her statement (that Nathuram Godse is a patriot) yesterday in Parliament is condemnable. BJP never supports such statement or ideology," Mr Nadda said.

Ms Thakur, who was accused of involvement in Malegaon bomb blasts of 2005, courted controversy on Wednesday when during the debate on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha, she protested DMK member A Raja's remarks against Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. Reacting to DMK member's observation, Ms Thakur interrupted him and said he should not cite the example "of a Deshbhakt (patriot)".

Opposition members protested her interruption while the BJP MPs asked her to sit down.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had ruled that only DMK lawmaker Raja's statement would go on record.

In a tweet, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament".

In the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Opposition members, including Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK staged a walk-out against Ms Thakur's remarks. As soon as the House met for the day and obituary references were made, Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, 'Godse is being called patriot.....Gandhi name is being used to gain political mileage". (UNI)