PM Modi Defends Fielding Pragya Thakur, Says-Congress works with a certain "modus operandi"

NEW DELHI, 20 April: PM Narendra Modi on Friday said that fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, as the BJP candidate from Bhopal was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely labeled the rich Hindu civilization as "terrorist" and asserted that "this symbol will prove costly for the Congress".He said the Congress works with a certain "modus operandi" to create false narratives on incidents such as the Samjhauta Express blast and death of judge BH Loya.PM Modi asked why no such questions are being asked when Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are contesting from Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies, respectively, despite being on "bail"."One woman, that too a 'sadhvi', was humiliated in such a manner," he said in an interview to Times Now while answering a question on fielding of Ms Thakur in the Lok Sabha elections."Samjhauta Express verdict came. What came out? Without any evidence, a rich civilization as old as 5000 years, which gave the message of 'the whole world is one'... You called such a civilization terrorist? To give a reply to all such people, this (fielding of Pragya Thakur) is a symbol and this symbol will cost the Congress dearly," the prime minister added.Pragya Singh Thakur joined the BJP on Wednesday and soon after was fielded as its candidate from Bhopal against Congress leader Digvijay Singh.