Bhopal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly served another notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. This is the third notice by the poll body against the BJP candidate during the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
The notice to Pragya Singh Thakur was served by the EC in the wake of her address at a rally in which she termed her opponent Congress’s Digvijaya Singh a ‘terrorist’.
On Thursday, during an election campaign in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP leader had allegedly said that a sanyasi (ascetic) is needed to eliminate a ‘terrorist’. Taking cognisance of the matter, the poll body has asked for a comprehensive report from the Collector on her statements.
Earlier this month, the poll body had issued a show-cause notice to her over the remark that she was proud of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Thakur made the controversial remark while speaking to a television channel.
The EC had served the first notice to Pragya Singh Thakur over her remark against Hemant Karkare, the Maharashtra ATS chief who was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Addressing BJP workers, she had claimed that Karkare died during the attack as she had “cursed” him for torturing her when he probed the blast case as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad.
The BJP had fielded Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal. Out on bail, Thakur has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the 2008 case but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions.
Bhopal will go to Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on May 12. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.