Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly defended his party’s decision over fielding Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, as the BJP candidate from Bhopal. He lashed out at the opposition saying that it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely labeled the rich Hindu civilization as “terrorist” and asserted that “this symbol will prove costly for the Congress”.
He alleged that the Congress works with a certain “modus operandi” to create false narratives on incidents such as the Samjhauta Express blast and death of judge BH Loya. On the question of fielding Pragya Singh Thakur as BJP’s candidate from Bhopal, who is on bail in the blast case, PM Modi asked why no such questions are being asked when Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are contesting from Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies, respectively, despite being on “bail”.
“Samjhauta Express verdict came. What came out? Without any evidence, a rich civilization as old as 5000 years, which gave the message of ‘the whole world is one’… You called such a civilization terrorist? To give a reply to all such people, this (fielding of Pragya Thakur) is a symbol and this symbol will cost the Congress dearly,” he added.
Modi pointed out that in Amethi, they (Congress) have a candidate (Rahul Gandhi) who is on bail, in Rae Bareli, they have a candidate (Sonia Gandhi) who is also on bail, but there is no debate on that. But if the candidate from Bhopal is on bail, he wondered that why there is so much of outcry ?