New Delhi, January 13
The Congress on Wednesday flayed BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, over her remark indirectly equating Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathu Ram Godse to a “true patriot” and also took a dig at the Prime Minister on the issue.
Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora said: “When you send a terror accused to Parliament, this is what you get. What will a person like Pragya say? A terror accused will always eulogise terrorists. But then the Prime Minister will again say: Would not be able to forgive her.”
Bora, the Assam Congress chief, said: “Godse was the first terrorist of independent India. Facts matter.”
Thakur, a BJP MP from Bhopal, when questioned about Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s remark that ‘Godse as the first terrorist of independent India’, said in Ujjain on Tuesday: “The Congress has always abused true patriots of the country. They have even coined the ‘saffron terror’ term. What more insensitivity does one need? I don’t have anything else to say.” However, she did not take the name of Godse.
It is not the first time that Thakur has courted controversy. In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she had waded into controversy on a number of occasions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was later quoted by the BJP on its Twitter handle on May 17, 2019: “Statements given by Pragya Thakur vis-a-vis Godse and Mahatma Gandhi are wrong. Though she has apologised, I will never be able to forgive her.”—IANS