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Omar Abdullah wants Pragya Thakur’s bail cancelled

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Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Omar Abdullah

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday lashed out at the BJP for fielding Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal parliamentary constituency in the ongoing General Elections. He also said the court that had granted her bail in the Malegaon blast case on poor health should cancel it.

When asked for his response to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s entry into the poll fray, Omar Abdullah said the BJP tried to fight elections using Balakot and Pulwama, and then development. Since, these things didn’t work, they are using the religion.

“So, they gave the mandate from Bhopal to a person who is not just an accused in a terror case, but  out on bail claiming poor health. If her health is not good to be in jail, how can she be fit to contest the poll? I hope the court which gave her the bail cancels it, for, if she is fit enough to contest she is fit to be in jail,” Omar Abdullah remarked.

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday had declared Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s candidature from Bhopal, while addressing a campaign rally. Now, she is set to take on senior Congress leader and three-times Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, in one of the most prestigious battles in the Lok Sabah elections 2019.

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur had become a face of the so called “Hindu terror” after she was made an accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast case. The bomb-fitted motorbike used in the explosion that killed 6 people and injured over 100 was registered in her name. And an audio tape in which she was allegedly speaking about the blast was also cited as evidence to prove her involvement.

On April 17, after joining the BJP in Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur told the media that she was falsely implicated in blast case to raise a “Hindu terror” bogey by the then UPA government and her fight would be a Dharmayudh. She also said she wanted to restore the honour of Hindus through this battle. She was initiated into Sanyas by seer Swami Avadheshanand Giri, during Kumbh festival in Allahabad in 2007, hence the prefix Sadhvi.

Incidentally, Digvijay Singh, a known RSS-basher, was a prominent voice to speak against “the dangers of Hindu terror” during the UPA rule.

Polling in Madhya Pradesh will be held in four phases starting April 29, while the capital city Bhopal goes to vote on May 12.

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Jammu & Kashmir politicians protest 2-day highway ban

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Mehabooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah (Image credit: Twitter)

It may be a routine for the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway to remain closed for months on during winter. But apparently politicians in Jammu and Kashmir cannot tolerate the two-day ban of civilian traffic on the high way to facilitate the movement of security forces.

A few days ago, the state administration announced the decision to ban civilian traffic for two days a week – Wednesday and Sunday – until May 31, with allowance made for emergency cases. The decision came over a month after the Pulwama terrorist attack by a suicide Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist, who rammed his explosive-laden civilian vehicle into the convoy carrying CRPF jawans. As the incident left 40 jawans martyred, questions were raised over the wisdom of letting civilian traffic during the movement of troops.

Now, on the first day of the two-day civilian traffic ban on NH No. 44, People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti accused the central government of suppressing Kashmiris. She asked the people to defy the order and go wherever they want.

“This is our state, these are our roads, we have the right to use them whenever we want,” she said. She also vowed to challenge the order in court.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah too demanded that the ban be withdrawn. His son Omar Abdullah tweeted his “first hand” account of “the extent of disruption & inconvenience” caused by “the mindless highway closure order”.

Incidentally, civilian traffic was not allowed during troop movement on the high way until 2003. The rule was relaxed on the intervention of Mufti Mahmood Syed, father of Mehabooba Mufti, on the pretext of humanitarian touch to the Jammu and Kashmir policy.

Here is a tweet by Mehabooba Mufti: