Bhopal: A police complaint was registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal for Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, on Saturday in Indore for her remark against former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack martyr Hemant Karkare.Also Read - Uttarakhand Assembly Polls 2022: Congress Releases List Of 11 Candidates, Harish Rawat To Contest From Ramnagar
The complaint has been made by Congress leader Devendra Singh Yadav in Indore. Earlier in the day, the Bhopal Election Officer and Collector had issued a notice to the BJP leader, seeking an explanation from her over the statement within a day. (PM Modi on Sadhvi Pragya’s Nomination From Bhopal) Also Read - UP Elections 2022: Minister Swati Singh, Husband Daya Shankar Singh Vying For Same Seat in Lucknow. Who Will BJP Choose?
On Friday, while addressing the media, she had said, “Maine kaha tera (Mumbai ATS chief late Hemant Karkare) sarvanash hoga. Theek sava mahine mein sutak lagta hai. Jis din main gayi thi us din iske sutak lag gaya tha.Aur theek sava mahine mein jis din atankwadiyon ne isko maara, us din uska anth hua.” (Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me in Malegaon blasts and treated me very badly. I told him your entire clan will be erased. He died because of his karma,” Sadhvi said.) Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022: Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh Among Congress' 30 Star Campaigners. List Here
However, later in the evening, the BJP candidate from Bhopal issued an apology, saying, “I felt that the enemies of the country were being benefited from it, therefore I take back my statement and apologise for it, it was my personal pain.” She also added, “He (Hemant Karkare) died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr.” (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Elections)
Her u-turn came a few hours after the BJP distanced itself from her remark, saying, “BJP considers him a martyr. This is Sadhvi Pragya’s personal statement which she might have given because of the mental and physical torture she had faced.”
On Friday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered an enquiry into the matter, while the IPS Association too registered their ‘strong condemnation’ against Sadhvi Pragya.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday had fielded Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur 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.