Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel claimed on Sunday that Pragya Singh Thakur used to ride motorcycle wearing jeans and T-shirt and cannot be called a ‘sadhvi’ because she now dons saffron robes.
The Congress leader also alleged that the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate, an accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast case and currently out on bail, was a “habitual criminal” who had stabbed a man and attacked many people with “slipper”.
The BJP reacted sharply to Baghel’s remarks, dubbing them as “shameful and baseless”.
Baghel told reporters, “She wore T-shirt and jeans and used to ride a motorcycle when she stayed with her brother-in-law at Bilaigarh (in Balodabazar district) in Chhattisgarh.”
“She dealt many people with slipper. She stabbed a man in his chest…the entire Bilaigarh knows. Her behaviour had been like that of a habitual criminal,” he said.
“Later on, she switched over to saffron robes. This does not mean that she is a sadhu (ascetic or holy woman),” he claimed.
Baghel, however, parried questions on the status of the stabbing case allegedly involving Thakur.
When contacted, Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesman Hitesh Bajpai said Baghel’s comments against Thakur were “shameful and baseless”.
“This is unbecoming of a chief minister,” he said, alleging that Baghel was speaking “total lies”.
Baghel had last week also claimed that Thakur stabbed a man in 2001.
Thakur is locked in a battle with Congress veteran Digvijay Singh in the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, which will go to polls on May 12.
Six people were killed and over 100 injured in a bomb blast at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in north Maharashtra’s Nashik district, on September 29, 2008.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Thakur and some others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast.
The National Investigation Agency later gave Thakur a clean chit, but the trial court in Mumbai did not discharge her.
She is facing trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code.
Sadhvi Pragya And Her Controversial Statements
All India Ulama Board lodged a complaint against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for hurting sentiments of the Muslim community by her remarks on Babri Masjid demolition.
The complaint was filed at Aishbagh Police Station under Sections 124A, 153A, 153B, 147, 505A, 298 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“I will go to construct the Ram Temple. I have said it yesterday and I am not denying it that I had gone there. I have demolished Babri structure. He is my Ram ji and no one can stop me from making a grand Ram Temple. The nation is Ram, Ram is a nation,” Thakur had said.
Sadhvi Pragya was earlier in news for her controversial statement on Hemant Karkare, the Mumbai ATS chief who had died during the 26/11 terror attack. Sadhvi had said that Karkare died because she had cursed the officer. Her statement sparked outrage and later she issued an apology.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 are being held in seven phases. The results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 will be announced on May 23. Voting in the first phase was conducted on April 11. The seven phases will cover a total of 543 constituencies.
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