NEW DELHI: The BJP has taken very serious note of its MP from Bhopal, Pragya Thakur’s remarks on Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha yesterday and will be fired from party very soon. According to BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda, she has been removed from Parliament consultative committee of the Defence Ministry, for which she was appointed recently and she has been barred from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session.
"Her statement yesterday in the parliament is condemnable. BJP never supports such statement or ideology," said Nadda.
She described Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot in Parliament and her comments had sparked outrage with opposition in Lok Sabha called it as “BJP’s deplorable hate politics”.
BJP working president J P Nadda announced the disciplinary action against her and condemned the controversial Hindutva leader's remarks in a bid to defuse the political crisis triggered by her remarks in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Thakur created a controversy on Wednesday with her remark in the Lower House during DMK member A Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi.
However, 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.
Opposition parties attacked the government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the PM's "inaction" against her proves his latent support to "Godse's sinister thought".
The opposition party said Thakur's remarks were a "perfect representation" of the BJP's "deplorable hate politics".
"We are very clear about it that we condemn her statement and we do not support this ideology," Nadda, who was accompanied by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, said.
During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Thakur had described Godse as a patriot, triggering a huge political storm.
Later, she had apologized for her statement.
However, Prime Minister Modi had said the remarks made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse was very bad and very wrong for society. "She has sought an apology but I would never be able to forgive her fully," he had said.
"Nathuram Godse was a 'deshbhakt' (patriot), he is and will remain a 'deshbhakt'. Those calling him a terrorist should instead look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election," the controversial leader had said while attending a road show.
The BJP had immediately got into damage control and distanced itself from Thakur's statement and asked her to tender a public apology.