I stand by statement on Pragya Singh Thakur: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday refused to take back his statement calling Pragya Singh Thakur a terrorist.

Reacting to BJP MP Nishikant Dubey’s demand to bring privilege motion against him for calling Pragya Thakur, a ‘terrorist’. Rahul said, “Let them do whatever they want to. I have clarified my position.”

Earlier today, BJP MP Pragya Thakur tendered an apology in Lok Sabha for her remarks calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.

She alleged that her statement was distorted. “I respect Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to the nation,” she said.

Speaking at the Lok Sabha today, Pragya said, “I apologise if my remarks have hurt anyone.”

She again apologised later during discussion on Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, “I did not call Nathuram Godse a ‘deshbhakt’. I did not even mention his name. I apologise again if I have hurt any sentiments.”

Thakur said, “I was publicly called a terrorist. No charge has been proved. It is against the law to call me a terrorist until I am proven guilty by the court.”

She was referring to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who yesterday in a tweet said, “Terrorist Pragya calls terrorist Godse, a patriot. A sad day, in the history of India’s Parliament.”