Opposition MPs Stage Walkout From LS Over Pragya Thakur’s Remarks

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Opposition MPs on Thursday, 28 November, staged a walkout from Lok Sabha amid uproar over BJP MP Pragya Thakur's comments in parliament yesterday, referring to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin as a 'desh bhakt'.

The BJP too condemned the remarks made by its own MP saying it does not support such statements.

Talking about the condition of the Indian economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday in Rajya Sabha stated the the economic growth may have plummeted but there is no recession yet.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah on the SPG cover stated that the earlier governments had misused the law while the PM Modi will restore the original intent of the Act.

  • Rajya Sabha passed the controversial Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019 in a joint Parliament session on Constitution Day on Tuesday, 26 November
  • The Lok Sabha on Wednesday, 20 November, passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019
  • During the session, a special joint sitting of both the Houses has been planned to mark Constitution Day on 26 November
  • The Winter Session will last till 13 December

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11:47 AM , 28 Nov

Opposition MPs Stage Walkout From LS Over Pragya Thakur's Remarks

Congress ,TMC, DMK MPs staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Thursday, protesting BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur’s remarks the day before, referring to Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, as a 'desh bhakt' (patriot).

11:36 AM , 28 Nov

BJP Condemns Pragya Thakur's Remarks on Godse, Drops her From Defence Panel

Cracking the whip on MP Pragya Thakur, the BJP on Thursday barred her from attending its parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Parliament session and removed her from the consultative committee on defence.

Thakur had, on Wednesday, hailed Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in the Lok Sabha as a patriot.

BJP working president JP Nadda announced the disciplinary action against her remarks in a bid to defuse the political crisis brewing in the Lok Sabha, PTI reported.

7:17 PM , 27 Nov

65 Indians Taken Hostage in Various Countries During 2017-19: Govt to LS

As many as 65 Indians were taken hostage in various countries during the period 2017-19, the government informed the Lok Sabha.

In a written reply to a question in the Lower House, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said during the last few years, the government has undertaken special operations to facilitate return of Indian nationals from conflict and disaster-affected regions.

“As per available information, 65 Indians have been taken hostage in various countries during the last two years and the current year,” he said, reported PTI.

6:38 PM , 27 Nov

Pragya Thakur Refers to Nathuram Godse as 'Deshbhakt' in Lok Sabha

BJP member Pragya Thakur referred to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a “deshbhakt” during a debate in Lok Sabha, triggering a protest by 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,” reported PTI.

Raja said that Godse himself admitted that he had nursed a grudge against Gandhi for 32 years before finally deciding to assassinate him.

Published: 18 Nov 2019, 6:17 AM IST