JP Nadda pulls up Pragya Singh Thakur for her toilet remarks; it’s seen as mocking Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign

BJP working president J P Nadda 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 Modis Swachh Bharat campaign. She was summoned to the BJP headquarters, where Nadda conveyed to her the party leaderships 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 partys 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. Read| Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra provide maximum subsides to fishermen in 2018-19 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 has made the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) programme a centrepiece of his governments 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 Gandhis killer Nathuram Godse as a patriot. She was forced to apologise after he comments triggered an outrage, and Modi went on to say that he would not be able to forgive her despite the apology. She was issued a showcause notice 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.