In a major blunder, the president of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Madhya Pradesh unit, Rakesh Singh has sparked controversy after he made a comment on terrorism.
Rakesh Singh while addressing a rally in the state said that people who wear saffron can never be a terrorist and termed terrorism as a symbol of penance and sacrifice.
Singh gave this statement while talking about party’s Lok Sabha nominee from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
Slamming Digvijaya Singh, who will be facing Sadhvi Pragya in Bhopal, Singh said that when the election comes Congress and leaders like him start visiting temples to woo the Hindus.
Thakur, a key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, is pitted by the BJP against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.
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A saffron-clad person can never be a terrorist- Rakesh Singh
“Saffron doesn’t mean terrorism. A saffron-clad person can never be a terrorist. Terrorism is a symbol of penance, struggle and sacrifice,” Singh said in Hindi while addressing a public meeting. The BJP accuses the Congress and especially Digvijaya Singh of coining the term ‘Hindu terrorism’ or ‘saffron terrorism’ to defame Hinduism, the charge dismissed by the grand old party.
It is a BJP leader who coined the term ‘Hindu terrorism’: Digvijaya Singh
In a recent interview, Digvijaya Singh said that he had used the word ‘Sanghi terrorism’. “Hindus cannot be terrorists. It is against the ethos of Hinduism,” he said. The Congress leader also said it is a BJP leader who coined the term ‘Hindu terrorism’. He was apparently referring to R K Singh, a Union home secretary during the UPA regime who later joined the BJP and became a minister.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday defended the BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, Malegaon blast accused, from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely bracketed the rich Hindu civilisation as ‘terrorist’.
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).
The District Election Officer and Collector Sudam Khade ordered the police to file an FIR against Thakur for her statement as it violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is currently in force.
“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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