Lok Sabha Polls 2019: FIR against Pragya Thakur over Babri Masjid remarks

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Bhopal, April 22: On the orders of the Election Commission, an FIR has been registered against BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for making controversial comments about the Babri Masjid demolition,thus violating the model code of conduct.

BJP candidate Pragya Thakur will be charged for saying she was “proud to be part of the Babri mosque demolition”. An election officer has ordered a First Information Report against her.
Pragya Thakur said that she was among the people who demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 and she was “proud” of it.

“We had removed a blot from the country. We had gone to demolish the structure. I climbed atop the structure and broke it and I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity. We will make sure that a Ram Temple is built at that site,” Pragya Thakur said.

She was served notice for “creating mutual hatred or cause tension between different communities”, but unfazed, she said she “stands by” what she said. “Yes, I had gone there, I had said it yesterday too, not denying it. I had demolished the structure. I will go there and help in the construction of the Ram temple, nobody can stop us from doing that,” she said.

In her explanation on Monday, Thakur said, “I did not use any language inciting communal feelings, nor did I give any statement hurting the feelings of any religion, community or tribe. My statement expressed the voice of my conscience. I believe in ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Niramayah'”.

District Returning Officer Sudaam Khaade rejected Thakur’s explanation calling it dissatisfactory and ordered registering of an FIR against her.

This is the second poll panel action against Thakur since the saffron party announced her candidature last Wednesday.

The EC earlier issued a notice against her after she bragged that former ATS Chief Hemant Karkare died at the hands of terrorists during the 26/11 attack in Mumbai because she “cursed” him.

The 49-year-old is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case in which six people died and around 100 were injured in 2006. She is currently out on bail and her candidature has been challenged in court by the father of one of the men killed in the blast.

Bhopal will vote on May 12 in the election that will end on May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.

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