Pragya Thakur made to take oath in Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Bhopal MP and Bharatiya Janata Party Pragya Singh Thakur was left embarrassed in the Lok Sabha on Monday as Protem Speaker Virendra Kumar asked her to take the oath again following an objection by the Congress party for calling herself as Sadhvi.

A ruckus erupted in Parliament after Thakur, who is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, referred to herself as Sadhvi while taking the oath of office in the Lok Sabha. As soon as she began taking her oath in Sanskrit, Congress leaders objected to the use of her “spiritual name” while taking the oath.

Pragya Singh Thakur insisted that she was stating her full name which she had mentioned in the election affidavit given to the Election Commission. However, Opposition MPs claimed that the name used by the Bhopal MP was not the same as the one mentioned in the election affidavit.

As confusion prevailed over her name, Protem Speaker asked for the EC papers to be checked for the sake of clarity, which showed that the prefix Sadhvi was not mentioned in the papers.

Following the furore created by Congress MPs on the floor of the House, Thakur dropped the prefix Sadhvi and completed taking the oath of office in Sanskrit. She ended it with the slogan Bharat Mata ki Jai.

Sadhvi Pragya became the first-time MP from Bhopal after defeating Congress heavyweight Digvijaya Singh in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Her candidature had sparked a massive row as the opposition parties had questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party for fielding a terror accused as the candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Thakur had waded into several controversies due to her contentious statements regarding slain Mumbai police officer Hemant Karkare and Nathuram Godse, who had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

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