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‘You can burn me’, BJP’s Pragya Thakur dares Congress MLA Govardhan Dangi after threat

BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been in the eye of a storm over a remark — since expunged — she reportedly made about Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse in Parliament.

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New Delhi: A day after Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Govardhan Dangi threatened to burn BJP Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur alive if she entered the state, she responded on Twitter, saying “burn me”. Thakur, a controversial politician who is a suspect in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, is currently in Delhi for Parliament’s winter session.

“Congress has experience in burning Sikhs alive during 1984 and Naina Sahni in the tandoor case,” Thakur said in her tweet.

The reference was to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, which followed former PM Indira Gandhi’s assassination and were reportedly egged on by Congress leaders, and the infamous 1995 tandoor murder committed by former Youth Congress worker Sushil Sharma.

“Rahul Gandhi termed me a terrorist and his MLA Govardhan Dangi will burn me alive,” she added. “Fine then, I am coming to Biaora, Multanpur his residence on December 8 at 4 pm. You can burn me then.”

Dangi had made the controversial statement against Thakur after her remark about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse in Parliament during the discussion on Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill Wednesday.

“If Pragya Thakur sets foot here, we won’t burn her effigy, we will instead burn her, “ Congress’ Dangi had said.

Punished for Godse remarks

The BJP Thursday removed Thakur from the Parliament defence consultative committee after her remark. She has also been barred from attending BJP parliamentary party meetings during the rest of the Winter Session.

Thakur had only been made part of the defence ministry’s parliamentary consultative committee on 21 November.

The party’s working president J.P. Nadda condemned the remark Thakur made in Parliament and said: “We have decided that Thakur will not attend meetings of the BJP parliamentary party during the session.”

The party also asked her to issue an apology inside the House. Thakur apologised twice in Parliament for her remark and said her statement was twisted by the opposition. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also courted controversy after he called Thakur a “terrorist” and refused to apologise or take back his words.

Thakur contested the Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal, against former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh of the Congress. It turned out to be one of the most keenly watched election battles.

In May this year, Thakur had referred to Godse as a patriot, and that too in a year the BJP had big plans to observe Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Earlier, she had also made controversial remarks about former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Though she had apologised both times, the BJP issued a gag order on her, sources said.

Soon after the opposition raised the issue, the BJP said it had referred the matter to the party’s disciplinary committee. PM Modi has been quoted as saying he would not be able to forgive her for praising Gandhi’s killer.

Also read: Pragya Thakur is so controversial that even BJP MPs avoid her in Parliament


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  1. Eh? Trying to be a modern day Jone of Arc? She should observe one year Moun Vrat. It will do good to her, to bJP and to the country.

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