Mufti compares BJP candidate Thakur to Mahatma Gandhi assassinator Godse
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 10, 2019, 12:44 PM
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, expressed anger over BJP candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, having a verified Twitter account. Mufti tweeted, “Ridiculous that a terror accused is given a platform to sow seeds of hatred. Thank God Godse isn’t alive anymore”, referring to Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, and was allegedly a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the right-wing parent organisation of the BJP, which Thakur also belongs to.
Thakur was accused of being responsible for the 2008 Malegaon blast case, which resulted in 101 injuries and 6 casualties. The Akhil Bharatiya 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. Thakur’s statements that she was “proud to have been a part of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992”, and her controversial statement against Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare who lost his life saving hundreds of people in the Mumbai 2008 terrorist attack, that she had “cursed him” for allegedly torturing her in jail, leading to his death, were harshly criticised by citizens and opposition party members alike.
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. 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.
Voting in Bhopal will be conducted on May 12, in the sixth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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