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Is Sadhvi Pragya Thakur BJP’s Sam Pitroda?

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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Bhopal parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, continues issuing controversial statements, leaving the leadership of the party red-faced.

On May 16, when asked for her opinion on Kamal Haasan’s controversial remark that India’s first terrorist was a Hindu (referring to Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi),  Sadhvi responded, saying “Godse was a ‘Deshbhakt’ (patriot), is a ‘Deshbhakt’, and will remain a “Deshbhakt. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a fitting reply in the election”.

Her statement prompted the Congress leaders to demand an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Modi-Amit Shah ji’s favourite BJP leader, Pragya Thakur once again insulted the whole nation by calling Gandhi’s killer, Nathuram Godse a true patriot,” said Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

In a damage-control exercise, BJP spokesperson had to say, “We completely disagree with her statement and strongly condemn it. The BJP will ask her why she made such a statement. It would be proper for her to tender a public apology for this objectionable statement”.  And an apology followed.

Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegoan blast case, has been fielded against Congress veteran Digvijay Singh, who had propagated “Hindu terror” bogey when the UPA was in power. Sadhiv was in jailed for nine years, mostly without being charge-sheeted. Later, she was given clean chit in terror charges, though continues to be under trial for unlawful activities. Her candidacy was a symbolic move to highlight the false and sinister narration of “Saffron terror”, said the BJP.

However, Sadhvi’s entry into active politics kick-started with a controversial statement as she claimed her curse killed Hemanth Karkare, the chief of Mumbai’s Anti Terrorism Squad who was martyred in 26/11 terror attacks. Later, she was made to apologise for making such statement.

Meanwhile, hashtag PragyaSinghThakur started trending on top. But the following tweet by senior journalist, known for her balanced view, shows the extent of the damage done by Sadhvi’s remark.

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Sadhvi Pragya taking on Digvijay Singh would be more than a poll fight

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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (Image credit: India TV)

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.