Pragya said her rival candidate Digvijay Singh of the Congress was one of the main proponents of “saffron terror”.
Bhopal: Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur Sunday said Hindutva and development are synonymous, and termed her electoral battle a “Dharmyuddh” (crusade) against those maligning the religion by coining terms like saffron terror.
In her first remarks after a 72-hour campaign ban by the Election Commission ended, she said her rival candidate Digvijay Singh of the Congress was one of the main proponents of “saffron terror”.
“I am waging a Dharmyuddh against those who maligned Sanatan Dharma by coming out with the term ‘Bhagwa Aatankawad’ (saffron terror), sent me to jail and tortured me under the garb of law,” she said.
Claiming that she faced “atrocities” in the jail, the blast accused said there was no evidence against her and she was given a “clean chit” by the National Investigation Agency(NIA).
“I have personally forgiven those who tortured me and made me suffer atrocities. I am contesting the elections also to ensure no woman faces the atrocities I suffered in jail,” she said.
Arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, she was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency, but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case. She was granted bail by the Bom-bay High Court in 2017.
Speaking about her entry in politics, Ms Thakur said the condition in the country and vote bank politics prompted her to accept the challenge of contesting Lok Sbha polls. “The Congress always divided the society to gain political benefits. I want to end this vote bank politics. Santan Dharma which professed universal brotherhood was branded as ‘Bhagwa Aatankwad’ which also needed to be fought,” she said.