Controversial Sadhvi Pragya nominated in defence panel: Important points

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Sadhvi Pragya

Sadhvi Pragya once called ‘Nathuram Godse’ a patriot


The controversial Bhopal BJP MP, Sadhvi Pragya has been nominated in 21-member parliamentary consultative committee on defence. The committee is to be headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Pragya Thakur is currently out on bail, granted on bad health, in Malegaon blasts case. She is also facing multiple charges in the Arms Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Explosives Substances Act. Congress, sitting in opposition called the appointment “insult to our national defence forces”.

Congress slammed the decision of BJP

Congress on its official twitter handle wrote, “Pragya Thakur, a terror accused & Godse fanatic has been nominated by the BJP govt to be a member of the Parliamentary Panel on Defence. This move is an insult to our nation’s defence forces, to our nation’s esteemed parliamentarians & to every Indian.”

Pranav Jha, Congress Secretary while speaking to IANS said that the appointment was “not good for democracy” and asked Bhartiya Janta Party to rethink its decision. He said that bringing such kind of people who are charged in some cases is not good for democracy. Not all the things are guided by the Constitution, some decisions should be taken on moral grounds too.

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs decides the consultative committee, not the parliament itself. The parliament has powers limited to consultations and recommendations (which are not binding).

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Pragya won the general election 2019 by a huge margin

Pragya Thakur fought in General election 2019 on BJP ticket. She defeated Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh by a huge margin of 3.6 lakh votes. During the election campaign, she created a big controversy by saying that the Nathuram Godse was a patriot. She was heavily criticized by the opposition and media, still, she won the election by a huge margin in her debut stint as MP.

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