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BJP cracks whip on Sadhvi Pragya

THE ASIAN AGE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY
Published : May 18, 2019, 4:11 am IST
Updated : May 18, 2019, 4:11 am IST

In another development, the BJP on Friday withdrew Pragya from campaigning of the party for the May 19 Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur
 Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

Bhopal: A local district election officer in Madhya Pradesh has submitted a report to the Election Commission  (EC) over BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial remarks glorifying Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as “patriot”.

In another development, the BJP on Friday withdrew Pragya from campaigning of the party for the May 19 Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.

She was scheduled to attend a road show of the party as BJP’s star campaigner at Burhanpur under Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency on Friday. But, she was barred from participating in the road show by the party leadership, sources disclosed.

Talking to reporters on Friday, MP chief electoral officer (CEO) V.L. Kantha Rao said he has submitted the report on Pragya’s remarks on Godse to the EC.

Pragya, an accused in 2008 Malegaon terror blast  in which six people died and 101 were injured, on Thursday said “Godse was a patriot, is a patriot and will remain a patriot. Those who call him terrorist should look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election.”

Her statement, made during a road show of the party in Agar-Malwa in MP, had sparked nationwide outrage forcing BJP to distance itself from her comment. Later, she tendered a public apology for her statement.

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