BJP summons Pragya Singh Thakur to BJP headquarters to explain her 'not-elected-to-clean-toilets' remark

BJP working president JP Nadda 'pulled up' Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks that she was not elected to the Lok Sabha for cleaning up toilets.

Press Trust of India July 22, 2019 16:01:01 IST
BJP summons Pragya Singh Thakur to BJP headquarters to explain her 'not-elected-to-clean-toilets' remark
  • BJP working president JP Nadda

  • She was summoned to the BJP headquarters, where Nadda conveyed to her the party leadership's displeasure with her comments made at Sehore

  • Thakur was pulled up and asked to refrain from making statements that go against the party's programmes and ideology, they said

New Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Monday "pulled up" Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks that she was not elected to the Lok Sabha for cleaning up toilets, comments that were seen to be mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

BJP summons Pragya Singh Thakur to BJP headquarters to explain her notelectedtocleantoilets remark

File image of Pragya Thakur. PTI

She was summoned to the BJP headquarters, where Nadda conveyed to her the party leadership's displeasure with her comments made at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, party sources said.

Thakur was pulled up and asked to refrain from making statements that go against the party's programmes and ideology, they said. The BJP MP declined to speak to reporters as she left the party office.

Addressing a meeting of BJP workers in Madhya Pradesh, Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case who is currently out on bail, said the job of an MP is to work with MLAs, corporators and public representatives to ensure development.

"So keep this in mind... We are not here for cleaning a drain. Is it clear?. We are absolutely not (here) for cleaning your toilets. The work which we are supposed to do and elected for, we will do it honestly. This we had said in the past, saying it today and stick to it in future as well," she said.

Thakur had won her maiden election from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat by defeating Congress leader Digvijay Singh. Her comments were embarrassing for the BJP as Modi has made the 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) programme a centrepiece of his government's agenda.

But this is not the first time she has left the BJP red-faced. During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, she had hailed Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse as a "patriot".

She was forced to apologise after he comments triggered outrage, and Modi went on to say that he would not be able to forgive her despite the apology. A show-cause notice was issued to her as well.

Thakur had also claimed that Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her "curse" as she was "tortured" by police in custody. Even then she was forced to tender an apology.

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