On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to defend the Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to field Malegaon terror accused Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha elections. The PM slams critics who question the BJP’s decision to give Sadhvi Pragya a ticket to contest from Bhopal. PM Modi claims that the decision is a befitting reply to individuals who linked a whole religion and culture to terror.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who joined the BJP earlier this week, is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other sections of the Indian Penal Code in connection with 2008 Malegaon blasts. The Bombay High Court had granted bail to her in April 2017, noting that she had been in jail for more than eight years and was suffering from breast cancer.
PM Modi cites 1984 riots as counter when he was asked why was Pragya Thakur given ticket. PM said, "Was 1984 riots not terror? Despite that why was Congress PM chosen." Mr. Modi said. “Thereafter, there were thousands of Sikhs who were massacred. Was it not terror? Was it not terror unleashed by a few people? Despite that he [Rajiv Gandhi] was made prime minister and the neutral media never asked a question like it is doing now.”
Those who are facing such serious charges were never questioned. Therefore this talk should be ended. Those who were identified by eyewitnesses in the 1984 anti-Sikh violence case, were made legislators and cabinet ministers, Modi said, adding that “one of whom was recently made the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh”. Those who have been convicted by the courts, people go and hug them, meet them in jail, meet them when they are shifted to hospitals, can they preach? Should the Amethi and Rae Bareli candidates who are out on bail not be questioned? But a Bhopal BJP candidate is out on bail and is fighting elections, there is a huge hue and cry.