- BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Thakur had called Nathuram Godse, guilty of killing Mahatma Gandhi, a patriot
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said- I will never be able to forgive Pragya from the heart for this statement
New Delhi: Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Thakur and three-time chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, who is detained under the stringent Public Safety Act, have been named to the 21-member joint consultative committee of parliament on defence.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be chairing the committee, which will comprise 12 members from Lok Sabha and 9 from Rajya Sabha.
Thakur, a first-time MP from Bhopal, is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, and is currently out on bail. She is facing trial for multiple charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Thakur’s nomination to the panel has triggered a political row as Congress attacked the government, saying it was unfortunate for the country that an MP accused of “spreading terror” has been nominated as a member of a defence-related committee.
Thakur, the Bhopal MP, has often hogged headlines for her controversial statements.
She stoked a controversy when she claimed that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a “patriot”. Though she apologised for the remark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he would never forgive Thakur for the comment. The MP was issued a show-cause notice by BJP ahead of the 2019 general election.
‘Modi has not been able to forgive her from the heart but she has been given the responsibility on important issues such as the country’s defence. That is why if there is Modi, anything is possible,’ tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.