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Pragya Thakur removed from defence panel after she refers to Nathuram Godse as 'deshbhakt'

Reacting to Sadhvi Pragya's statement on Nathuram Godse, BJP working president JP Nadda said the party never supports such statements. Pragya Thakur cannot attend meetings of the BJP parliamentary party during the session, JP Nadda said.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 28, 2019 12:19 IST

BJP Lok Sabha MP Pragya Thakur was on Thursday removed from the consultative committee on defence after a recommendation by party working president JP Nadda. This comes a day after Pragya Thakur had referred to Nathuram Godse as 'deshbhakt' in the Lok Sabha. Reacting to Sadhvi Pragya's statement, BJP working president JP Nadda said the party never supports such statements. Pragya Thakur cannot attend meetings of the BJP parliamentary party during the session, JP Nadda said. 

The Left parties had attacked the BJP over party MP Pragya Thakur's comments while reacting to DMK leader A Raja's remarks on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha and asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah endorse her comments.

After opposition members protested against Thakur's remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said only the DMK leader's speech during the discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill will go on record.

Later, the Lok Sabha secretariat issued an official communication, saying Thakur's remarks are "non-recorded".

"Today, received an invite to a meeting of the National Committee on 19/12 on the observation of the Mahatma's 150 years. A BJP MP in Parliament reiterated how this should be done by hailing Godse. Her views are abominable. Can she remain a BJP MP?" CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.

"Godse in India and Gandhi to the rest of the world. This forked tongue of the RSS/BJP and its normalisation of terror cannot go on. Godse was a terrorist who murdered Gandhi," he said in another tweet.

The government has set up a national committee for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

CPI general secretary D Raja said Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah should clarify if they endorse her remarks.

"This has been her stated position. PM had said he will never forgive and forget when she had said this on an earlier occasion. Amit Shah said that there will be disciplinary action. But she keeps this position on the issue. The PM should answer, Shah should answer. Do they and the BJP endorse this view too," said Raja.

During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Thakur had described Godse as a patriot, triggering a huge political storm.

Later, she had apologised for her statement.

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