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National News
Pragya's latest: Have not become MP to clean toilets
 
Sehore: BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur Sunday kicked up a controversy saying she has not become a lawmaker to clean drains or toilets, a statement the Congress said has "exposed" the "hollowness" of the BJP's flagship 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

Addressing a meeting of BJP workers here 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," said Thakur, who won her maiden election from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat by defeating Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

The Hindutva leader further said an MP should be told to do work befitting a parliamentarian.

"An MP's work is to join hands with MLAs, corporators and public representatives for development," she added.

"You got (my) phone number easily and rang (me) up.." Thakur said while referring to a call she had received, apparently from a party worker, when she was in Delhi recently.

Thakur said she would give a "patient hearing" to the workers once the Parliamentary sessions gets over.

"Whatever the problem is it will be resolved. The funds we get (as an MP) will be used for public good," she said.

The ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh has criticised Thakur's statement.

"Thakur's statement speaks about the BJP and the so-called concern its MPs have had towards the problems faced by people," state Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza said.

She said Thakur's statement has "exposed" the "hollowness" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

Thakur is not new to controversies.

In the run-to her Lok Sabha elections, she had termed Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse a "patriot".

She had also claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her "curse".

Her statement on Godse had evoked strong rebuke from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had said that he would never forgive her for insulting the Father of the Nation.


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FATF Asia-Pacific Group puts Pakistan in terror 'blacklist': Officials
Never met Peter or Indrani Mukherjea, says Karti Chidambaram, claims "political vendetta"
PM Modi begins three-nation trip, says engagements will strengthen India's relations with time-tested friends
No immediate plan to withdraw troops from J&K: Union Minister
HC gives Vadra four weeks to file rejoinder in plea to quash money laundering case
ED notice to MNS chief: Uddhav says doesn't expect concrete
Helicopter crashes in rain-hit Uttarkashi, three on board
No need for any debate on reservation: Paswan
Bengal's personalities write open letter to Mamata
Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit quits, may join Shiv Sena
Modi govt committed to development of northeast: Shah
Flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, Haryana, IAF rescues 9 people
Teachers report to schools in Kashmir, students don't
Yogi Adityanath to reshuffle UP cabinet on Monday
22 killed in rain-related incidents in HP
When night falls over the city, jawans on alert to keep Kashmir safe
Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes
 Mumbai: After portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a biopic, Vivek Oberoi says he is set to pr  
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It's challenging to reinvent constantly: Kriti Kharbanda
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Despite tensions, Pak stands ready to open Kartarpur Corridor: Qureshi
 Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said that despite tensions with India, it stands ready to open the Kar
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UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'
US seeking balancing act in South Asia over Kashmir: Report
KERALA NEWS
Malayalam actor, film crew stranded in Himachal village
 Thiruvananthapuram: A 30-member film crew from Kerala, including award-winning actress Manju Warrier
Ex-Deputy Commandant of AR camp held in connection with constable's death
"More flights to Kerala from Gulf countries during Onam"
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
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