Bhopal: It seems that holding endless rallies is taking its toll on some leaders as they campaign for their respective parties in ongoing Lok Sabha elections. A video that is going viral shows Madhya Pradesh BJP President Rakesh Singh getting confused between bhagva and aatankwad and claiming that latter was a symbol of love and sacrifice. (Also read: ‘BJP Proud of Sadhvi,’ Says Chouhan, Accuses Cong of Committing Three Crimes)

Addressing a rally, Singh said, “Bhagvaa kabhi aatankwad nahi hota, bhagva dhaaran karne wala kabhi aatankwadi nahi hota, aatankwad to pyaar, tapasya aur balidaan ka prateek hota hai…(Saffron can never stand for terrorism…one who dons saffron can never be a terrorist as terrorism is a symbol of love, penance and sacrifice).”

He went on to allege that Congress raises such issues whenever elections are around the corner. Slamming Digvijaya Singh, who will be facing Sadhvi Pragya in Bhopal, Singh said that when the election comes Congress and leaders like him start visiting temples to woo the Hindus.

Singh was referring to Congress’ objection to BJP giving a ticket to Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur from Bhopal.

Meanwhile, in what was a shot in the arm for Sadhvi, an NIA court has rejected a plea to ban her from contesting these elections. Reacting to court verdict, she said, “BJP will definitely win because truth and dharma always wins”.

A special NIA court rejected the application filed by the father of one of the victims of the 2008 Malegaon blast case which sought to ban Sadhvi Pragya from contesting the Lok Sabha election. Nisar Sayyad, who lost his son in the blast, moved the court last week.

Sayyad also sought cancellation of Sadhvi’s bail which was pending before the Supreme Court. But the NIA court said that it was not the proper forum for the plea. “This court has not granted bail. The wrong forum has been chosen,” it said.

It added that the court did not have any legal powers to prohibit anyone from contesting elections. It was the job of the electoral officers to decide.