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A day after Lok Sabha MP Pragya Singh Thakur made controversial remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, in Parliament, Congress-led opposition parties, as well as Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turned up the heat on the ruling party on Thursday.

The BJP moved into damage control mode, by condemning her remarks, removing her from the consultative committee on defence, and barring her from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

The action against her was announced by BJP’s working president J.P. Nadda. “We are very clear about it that we condemn her statement and we do not support this ideology," Nadda, who was accompanied by Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi, told reporters.

Thakur, an MP from Bhopal, kicked off a controversy on Wednesday on the floor of the House with remarks made during senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) leader A Raja’s narration of a statement by Godse before a court on why he had killed Mahatma Gandhi.

Thakur’s remarks were expunged from official records.

The Congress-led Opposition raised the matter in the lower house of Parliament on Thursday and shouted slogans seeking stern action against the BJP MP.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh made a statement condemning the statement but the Opposition was not satisfied and staged a walkout. “Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted earlier in the day.

BJP’s Bihar ally JD(U) also demanded that the issue be sent to ethics committee of the House for further scrutiny.

“We demand that this matter be referred to the ethics committee of the Lok Sabha. It should be seen if her uncalled for conduct warrants her expulsion as an MP," JD(U) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi told reporters. The party welcomes BJP’s disciplinary action against Thakur, he said.

Thakur has defended her remark by saying that it was made against “insult" to revolutionary Udham Singh but added that “a storm of lies becomes so big at times that even day appears to be night".

This is not the first time when Thakur has made controversial comments around Godse. In the run up to her Lok Sabha campaign, she had described him as a ‘patriot’ stirring a political war of words with the Congress.

PTI contributed to the story.

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