Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha Thursday that the BJP condemns any philosophy which describes Nathuram Godse as a patriot.
He also said that Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy was and remains relevant today and described him as a guide (marg darshak).
His comments came after Congress and other opposition members raked up remarks made by BJP MP Pragya Thakur in the House Wednesday on Godse.
Meanwhile, Cracking the whip on its serial-offender Pragya Thakur, the BJP Thursday barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.
BJP working president JP 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 Wednesday.
Nadda also said that Thakur will be removed from the consultative committee on defence, to which she was recently appointed.
‘The statement given by MP Pragya Thakur is condemnable. BJP never supports such statement and we do not support this ideology. We have decided that Thakur will not attend meetings of BJP parliamentary party during the session,’ he told reporters.
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 apologised for her statement.
However, Prime Minister Modi had said the remarks made about Gandhiji or Nathuram Godse were 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, 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 roadshow.
The BJP had immediately got into damage control and distanced itself from Thakur’s statement and asked her to tender a public apology.