BJP drops Pragya from defence panel for calling Nathuram Godse a “patriot”

New Delhi: A day after she described Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “patriot”, controversial BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was removed from a key parliamentary panel.

The BJP MP from Bhopal had made the remark during the Lok Sabha proceedings on Wednesday.

Her remarks triggered an uproar in Parliament and outside. Even the BJP condemned it. On Thursday, BJP Working President J P Nadda said that she was being removed from the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence, to which she was nominated only recently.

An accused in the Malegaon blast case, Thakur, who is out on bail, was nominated to the key panel along with 21 others by the panel headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Nadda also said that Thakur will not be allowed to attend meetings of BJP Parliamentary Party during the current session.

She had uttered the remarks during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill. While the Congress had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament for inaction against Thakur, Speaker Om Birla had also expunged her remarks from the records.