Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Singh Thakur made second apology in the Parliament in just two hours. In her second apology, Thakur said that she never took Nathuram Godse’s name and didn’t refer him as patriot. "On November 27, during discussion on Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019, I did not call Nathuram Godse a 'deshbhakt'. I did not even mention his name. I apologise again if I have hurt any sentiments," she said in the Lok Sabha.
Earlier, she apologised for the remark saying her statement was distorted by the Opposition. She also attacked former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, without taking his names, for calling her 'terrorist' despite being acquitted by a court. 'A respected member here insulted me by calling me a 'terrorist'," Thakur said.
Earlier, Pragya Thakur was summoned by the Bhartiya Janata Party for her Godse remark in Lok Sabha. She was asked to clarify her remarks before the party's working president JP Nadda, general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi.
The BJP had barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting. But Congress said that her Lok Sabha membership should be revoked immediately. The party alleged that Thakur has disrespected India and Mahatma Gandhi through her remarks.
Thakur created a controversy on Wednesday with her remark in Lok Sabha during DMK member A Raja's narration of a statement by Nathuram Godse before a court on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi. Amid the row, the BJP on Thursday removed Thakur from the consultative committee on defence.
"We condemn her statement strongly. She has disrespected the nation and Gandhiji. We demand that Pragya's Lok Sabha membership be revoked forthwith," state Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza told reporters.