While the silence period for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections may be over, for BJP Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur it has just a began.
The new entrant to politics, who landed in trouble for making controversial statements one after the other, took to Twitter to announce that she will be observing a maun vrat (vow of silence) till the 2019 Lok Sabha election results are out.
“After the election process is over, it is time for reflection. During this time [poll campaign], if my words hurt the sentiments of patriots, then I apologise and keeping with the decorum of public life, I will observe a maun vrat and do hard penance for 21 prahar [63 hours],” Sadhvi Pragya wrote on Twitter.
Accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, Sadhvi Pragya last week courted controversy by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.
Prior to it, Sadhvi Pragya claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse”.
Taking a dim view of her remarks on Godse, the BJP said it did not agree with her. BJP president Amit Shah said the party has taken serious note of the statements from Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
Stating that the comments were against the party’s ideology, Amit Shah asked the party’s disciplinary committee to submit a report on the issue in 10 days for further action.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will never forgive Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.
Following some of Sadhavi Pragya Thakur’s controversial statements, the Election Commission had imposed a 72-hour ban on her from campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls.