New Delhi: BJP member Pragya Thakur referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “Deshbhakt” during a debate in the Lok Sabha, triggering a protest by opposition members.
BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Bhopal, Pragya Sigh Thakur an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, keeps referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as ‘Deshbhakt’ (patriot)
When DMK member A Raja cited a statement of Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, Thakur interfered and said, “You cannot give a remark of a Deshbhakt.”
Raja said that Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him.
Raja also said that Godse killed Gandhi because he believed in a particular ideology (Hindutva).
A huge political row has erupted over Thakur’s controversial remark on Nathoram Godse which has been expunged now by the Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla.
Congress condemned Pragya Thakur’s remark and said that this is an example of BJP’s hate politics.
Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which 10 persons were killed and more than 80 were injured.
This is not for the first time that Pragya Singh Thakur has called Nathuram Godse a deshbhakt.
During the Lok Sabha election campaign in May this year, she had reiterated the same thing and did not apologize for the same.
“Nathuram Godse deshbakht the, hain, aur rahenge. Unko antakwadi kehne wale log swayam ke girebaan main jhank kar dekhe. (Nathuram Godse was a patriot and will remain so. People calling him a terrorist should introspect. They will be given a befitting reply in these elections),” she said.