NEW DELHI :
Insisting that she did not call Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin a patriot, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Thakur on Friday expressed her apology, “if anyone was hurt".
This was her second apology in the Lok Sabha on Friday over her controversial remarks of Wednesday.
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“I want to speak only about what I do for the country. On 27 November, during discussion on SPG (Amendment) Bill, I did not call Nathuram Godse a desh bhakt (patriot), I did not even take his name. Still, however, if someone was hurt, I express my regret and apologize," Thakur said.
This was her response to an opposition demand for an unconditional apology after her first apology referred to other issues.
Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla called for a meeting of the floor leaders of different political parties to discuss the issue.
Friday also saw BJP MP, Nishikant Dubey, demanding a privilege motion against senior Congress leader and former party president Rahul Gandhi for calling Thakur a “terrorist". Dubey alleged that Gandhi’s remarks were made against a sitting Lok Sabha MP and that the Speaker should ensure dignity of all members.
Gandhi, however, reiterated that he stood by his statement on Thakur: “There is no problem. Whatever they want to do, I will welcome it."
Thakur, the MP from Bhopal, kicked off a controversy on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha when she made her remarks during an address by senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader A Raja on Godse’s testimony on why he had killed Mahatma Gandhi. Thakur’s remarks were later expunged by the Speaker.
BJP swung into action on Thursday by condemning her remarks, removing her from the consultative committee on defence and barring her from attending its parliamentary party meetings during the ongoing winter session.
*PTI contributed to this story.