Pragya tenders apology ‘twice’, Rahul stands by his ‘terrorist’ remarks

Pragya tenders apology ‘twice’, Rahul stands by his ‘terrorist’ remarks

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New Delhi, Nov 29 : The controversial BJP lawmaker Pragya Singh Thakur on Friday was forced to tender apology in the Lok Sabha for the second time in a day as the Congress did not accept her first apology in the post-Question Time proceedings as she attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling her a "terrorist".

At the post-lunch session, at the directives of Speaker Om Birla, the Bhopal MP said she made no reference to Nathuram Godse in the floor of the House on Wednesday during the debate on SPG Bill but still if any one's sentiment has been hurt, she would tender apology. "On 27 November, during discussion on Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019, I did not call Nathuram Godse a 'deshbhakt'. I did not even mention his name. I apologise again if I have hurt anyone," she said.

A broad consensus was arrived at the meeting of floor leaders during the lunch break and the BJP member was given a written statement as agreed upon by all party leaders. Apparently the row has been laid to rest for now after her 'remarks' drew enough flak and even forced the BJP leadership to drop her from a panel on Defence Ministry. She has been also barred from attending any BJP parliamentary party meeting during the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

In the post-lunch session before Ms Thakur entered the House, the Speaker said that she would read out the statement agreed upon at the meeting of leaders of various parties. Earlier, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said privilege notice ought to be served to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against Pragya, an elected 'woman member' of the House. Outside the House, Mr Gandhi defended his Tweet against Ms Pragya.

"Yes, I stand by my statement. What I have written on Twitter, I stand by it," he told reporters.

In the post-Question Hour session Ms Thakur said,"One member (Rahul) has publicly termed me as a terrorist, though I have not been convicted by the court ... it is an insult to a woman and a Sadhvi".

Ms Thakur is an accused in the Malegaon blast case and is out on bail. Congress and members from other parties protested and stormed into well of the Lok Sabha shouting slogans like "Godse party down down".

Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Pragya Thakur's remarks have not only hurt India, but the entire world. Ms Thakur had sparked off the row on Wednesday with her 'remark' during DMK member A Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse. On Friday, she also said she has high regards for Mahatma Gandhi. In a tweet on Thursday, Ms Thakur said: "At times, the power of falsehood is so much that even darkness of night appears to be broad day light". (UNI)