BJP member and Malegaon terror attack accused Pragya Thakur on Wednesday referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a "deshbhakt" during a debate in Lok Sabha, triggering a protest by the Opposition members. When DMK member A Raja cited a statement of Godse on why he killed Mahatma Gandhi during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, Thakur interrupted and said, "You cannot give example of a deshbhakt."
This is not the first time Thakur had made such a disastrous remark. Earlier, during the Lok Sabha election campaign, Thakur had said that Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse was a "true patriot" and those calling him a terrorist should look within themselves. The remarks hailing Godse had triggered a massive controversy with people and politicians slamming the 2006 Malegaon blast accused for insulting "father of the nation".
Reacting to her remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that although she has apologised, he will never be able to forgive her fromhis heart and his party had given her a 10-day time to explain the statement. BJP president Amit Shah had also said that a disciplinary committee will take necessary action against her. However, no action was taken against her by the BJP.
Soon after winning the Lok Sabha election from Bhopal, the terror accused BJP MP had created another controversy with her remark that she has not become a lawmaker to clean drains or toilets, a statement the Congress said exposed the "hollowness" of the BJP’s flagship 'Swachh Bharat' campaign. She had also claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was martyered in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, lost his life due to her "curse".