Bhopal, April 18: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Thursday accused the Congress of being anti-Hindu and said the party harassed a woman by linking Hindus with terrorism.Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which seven people were killed. She was in jail for nine years and is presently out on bail.
She joined the BJP on Wednesday and, thereafter, the saffron party announced her as its candidate against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.Addressing a press conference here, Thakur said: "The Congress has linked Hindus with terrorism, called them terrorists and harassed a woman. The names that I was given and the way I was tortured... How do I believe this won't be repeated with other women in the future?"Recount her torture in jail, she became emotional and broke into tears.She said she would be beaten up throughout the night and denied food for days. "I was made to surlive on just water for several days."To questions about her Congress opponent asking for proof of her harassment, Thakur said: "I don't say things without evidence. I am a living example of Congress' conspiracies and illegal activities. And if Digvijaya Singh is asking for proof for all this, he will be given proof. I will take my case to the public and even give evidence of my torture."Thakur will file her nomination on April 23.Meanwhile, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah said If Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is fit to contest election, she is fit to be in jail. "We are getting to hear new things from the BJP every time. First, they tried to fight elections on Balakot and Pulwama (attacks). Then, they tried speaking about development and when people did not digest it, they tried the religion card," the National Conference leader said.In another development, political activist Tehseen Poonawalla Thursday urged the Election Commission to debar Sadhvi Pragya from contesting the Lok Sabha polls as she was facing terror charges.In a letter to the poll body, Poonawalla said the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had found Thakur to be the "principal conspirator" in the 2008 Malegaon blast in which six people were killed.Her name has also cropped up in the Ajmer Dargah blast case, he said."I would humbly request the Election Commission of India to take further necessary steps to uphold the Model Code of Conduct 2019 and take appropriate action against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and debar her from contesting elections," the letter read.He said in his letter that "a candidate accused with terror links must not be permitted to contest elections."
News24 Bureau/ Agencies