Congress MLA Warns Pragya Thakur Amid Godse Remarks Says, "If She Sets Foot..."

Congress MLA Warns Pragya Thakur Amid Godse Remarks Says, "If She Sets Foot..."

BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been removed a parliamentary consultative committee on defence

New Delhi: A Congress MLA in Madhya Pradesh has warned to "burn" BJP MP Pragya Thakur for her reported remarks in parliament that are disrespectful towards Mahatma Gandhi. Ms Thakur has denied her comment in parliament on Thursday was against Mahatma Gandhi.

Congress MLA Govardhan Dangi from Madhya Pradesh's Biaora told reporters, "If Pragya Thakur sets foot here, we won't burn her effigy, we will instead burn her." 

Ms Thakur, a first-time MP, said that Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, was a "patriot", drawing severe criticism from the Congress and even senior BJP leaders like JP Nadda and Rajnath Singh.

The Congress MLA said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ran several programmes on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and gave message of peace in the country. Mr Dangi said, "But Pragya Thakur is calling an assassin a patriot."

Ms Thakur made the comment during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill. At the time the DMK's A Raja was speaking and referred to a statement by Nathuram Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. At around this point, Ms Thakur interrupted Mr Raja with a comment that provoked a furious reaction from the opposition.

Pragya Thakur said, "The topic that was discussed was of security and A Raja spoke about deshbhakt Udham Singh. He said Udham Singh nursed a grudge against General Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh massacre for 20 years before killing him. When Raja went on speaking, I interrupted to say he should not take a patriot's name - deshbhakto ka naam mat lijiye (don't take the names of patriots)."

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Pragya Thakur's comment was condemnable and she has been removed from a parliamentary consultative committee on defence.

The Congress has demanded that Pragya Thakur resign as MP.

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