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Pragya Thakur again refers to Nathuram Godse as a patriot – this time in the Lok Sabha

BJP MPs persuaded Thakur to sit down when Opposition members started protesting against her comment.

Pragya Thakur again refers to Nathuram Godse as a patriot – this time in the Lok Sabha
A file photo of BJP MP Pragya Thakur. | IANS

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Thakur on Wednesday referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot during a debate in the Lok Sabha, PTI reported.

“You cannot give the example of ‘deshbhakts [patriots]’,” she interjected when Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP A Raja mentioned Godse during a debate on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill. Raja had cited Godse’s statement about why he killed Gandhi. The parliamentarian from Tamil Nadu said Godse had assassinated Gandhi because he believed in a particular philosophy.

After she interrupted Raja, BJP members persuaded Thakur to sit down while Opposition members started protesting against her remark.

The MP from Bhopal is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bombing case, and is facing trial in a National Investigation Agency court. In the run-up to the General Elections she had courted controversy by calling Godse a patriot. She apologised for the remark after facing a barrage of criticism, both from her own party as well as the Opposition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi later said he would never be able to forgive Thakur for her comments.

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