New Delhi: Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur who is contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Bhopal parliamentary constituency on BJP ticket has been making controversial statements off lately. After her curse comment on 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare, Sadhvi bragged that she had played an instrumental role in razing the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and will now help build the Ram Mandir at the disputed place Also Read - Suvendu Adhikari to File Nomination Papers From Nandigram Assembly Seat on March 12, Will Face Mamata Banerjee
While campaigning in Bhopal, the BJP candidate claimed that she climbed atop the Babri Masjid and helped demolish the religious structure.“Maine dhanche pe chadh ke toda tha. Mujhe bhayankar garv hai ki Ishwar ne mujhe avsar diya aur shakti di aur maine yeh kam kar diya. Ab wahin Ram Mandir banayenge.” (I climbed atop the structure to break it. I am tremendously proud that God gave me the opportunity and the strength to do it. And I did it. We wiped off a blot on the country. Now we will build the Ram temple there.) Also Read - FACT CHECK: Political Parties Use Sourav Ganguly's Morphed Image for Social Media Campaigns
She further added, “Ram Mandir will definitely be built. A grand one.” When asked about the time period, Sadhvi said: “We will build the temple. After all, we went to demolish the structure.” Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi
Following her contentious remark, the Election Commission (EC) issued a second notice to her for violating the poll code. Madhya Pradesh chief electoral officer, V L Kantha Rao said, “Taking suo motu cognisance of the statements by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur regarding the Ram Janmbhoomi demolition to a television channel, a notice has been issued to her.”
Rao also issued an advisory to all political parties, warning that ‘repeated violation of the model code of conduct and use of abusive language may lead to action’.
The Bhopal District Election Officer has also issued a notice to Pragya Singh Thakur and sought explanation within a day, for her remarks, ‘I had demolished the structure (in Ayodhya). I will go there and help in the construction of Ram temple.’
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal against Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh. 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.