Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who spent years in jail in connection with the Malegoan blast case, seems all set to take on Digvijay Singh from the Congress, who was in the forefront of propagating the bogey of “Hindu terror”.
Sadhvi Pragya on Wednesday formally joined the BJP in Bhopal and told the media that she would contest the election. She also said she would easily win it.
If Sadhvi gets to fight from the Bhopal parliamentary constituency, she would have reasons to extract a sweet revenge from her certain victory, (The BJP has not lost the seat in the past 30 years) due to the following factors.
On September 29, 2008, seven people died and over 100 injured when two bombs fitted on a motor cycle exploded in Malegaon, Maharashtra. The Mumbai ATS arrested Sadhvi Pragya, along with Lt Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, for orchestrating the explosion, as the motor bike was registered in her name. She got bail from Bombay High Court only in April 2017.
Post her release from jail, Sadhvi Pragya said she was wrongly implicated in the case to peddle the bogey of “saffron terrorism” scripted by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram. She also said she was subjected to severe torture in custody. She claimed she was physically fit before going to jail, but came out ill (she was diagnosed with cancer during her stay in prison).
She has been absolved of terror charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) though a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is under trial.
Recently, the NIA special court also has given clean chit to Swami Aseemanand, who was also blamed for “Saffron terror” in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts case.
Incidentally, Digvijaya Singh was one of the strong proponents of the menace of “Hindu terrorism” in India. He is said to have even blamed the RSS for Mumbai terror attack.
As such, fighting and winning against the veteran Congress leader would be more than a poll win for Sadhvi Pragya.