BJP fields Hindu terrorist as candidate, faces backlash by Opposition parties

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 18, 2019, 11:16 AM

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Terror-accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is out on bail currently, joined the BJP a few days ago. The saffron party has fielded the Bajrang Dal member as a candidate from Bhopal, against two-time Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh. 
Thakur was accused of being responsible for the 2008 Malegaon blast case, which resulted in 101 injuries and 6 casualties. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad member was arrested, and remained in jail for a few years, and was granted bail in 2016. Thakur, after her announcement of contesting in the ongoing elections, was reported as saying that the Opposition has “insulted the saffron flag, Hindu dharma and Hindutva”. She vowed to make this a crucial focus point in the elections. Clearly indicating her modus operandi and goal of contesting, she said that “dharm” will be victorious, and “adharm” will be destroyed. 
Opposing Congress candidate Digvijay Singh welcomed Thakur’s candidature, and tweeted that he hopes everyone enjoys the “quiet, educated and civilized atmosphere of the city”. In a twist of fate, it was Singh himself, who had coined the term “Hindu terrorist”, and labelled Thakur with it all those years ago, fresh after she was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad.  
Not everyone has been as welcoming as Singh, however. PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, expressed anger at the announcement, and claimed that “terrorism has no religion when it concerns religious fanatics, but all Muslims are otherwise terrorists”. She also hinted at how Thakur does not have a clean chit, contradictory to what she claims, tweeting, “Guilty until proven innocent”. Many other parties, including the Congress, have not hesitated in reacting negatively to the move, describing it as promoting Hindu terrorism, and betraying their cause of upholding the national interest of the country by fielding a person who is still guilty in the eyes of law. 

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