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"Terrorist Pragya...": Rahul Gandhi on Malegaon terror accused hailing Godse

In run up the general elections this year, she had described Nathuram Godse as "patriot"

Thursday November 28, 2019 3:04 PM, IANS

Rahul Gandhi on Pragya Terrorism

[The motorcycle used in the 2008 Malegaon terrorist attack was traced to Sadvhi Pragya SIngh Thakur and led to her arrest by Hemant Karkare. (ummid.com file photo)]

New Delhi: A day after Malegaon blast accused and BJP MP from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur stirred a controversy in Lok Sabha during a debate on Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at the saffron party saying that it is a "sad day in the history of Indian Parliament".

"Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day in the history of India's Parliament," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

His remarks came a day after Thakur interrupted DMK leader A Raja during a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, who cited a statement of Nathuram Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. Raja said Godse admitted he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years, and killed him because he believed in a particular philosophy.

To this, Pragya Singh Thakur interrupted and told Raja not to give example of a 'deshbhakt' (patriot).

Following the remarks of Thakur, the Opposition members created ruckus in the House. The Speaker later expunged her remarks from the proceedings of the Lok Sabha.

Earlier on Thursday, the BJP cracked its whip on the terror accused and Bhopal MP and barred her from attending its parliamentary party meetings in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament and also removed her from the consultative committee on defence headed by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

This is not the first time that Thakur had stirred a controversy. In run up the general elections this year, she had described Nathuram Godse as "patriot".

Following the BJP MP's remarks on Godse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that 'mai man se kabhi maaf nahi kar paunga' (I would never be able to forgive her).

She had also stirred controversy by saying that then Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 terror attack because of her "curse".

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