The BJP that fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the victim of Congress’s `Hindu terror ‘campaign aiming at countering Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, seems to be upset with its strategy. BJP chosen her to counter Digvijay Singh’s pro-minority and anti-majority image.
Initially, Amit Shah was keen on former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan standing. But he had resisted the move, sensing that he is still capable of returning as Chief Minister very soon expecting that it would be difficult for Kamal Nath’s Congress government to survive for a long, with a thin majority.
In Delhi, Digvijaya Singh built up an image as a fierce defender of minorities, from dubbing the Batla House encounter in the Capital as fake to protesting against the US government burying Osama Bin Laden at sea. He was accused of coining the phrase ‘saffron terror’, a charge which he emphatically denies.
But, the BJP was shocked with entirely a different image being cultivated by Digvijay Singh in Bhopal. He is now playing a soft-Hindutva card and projecting himself as a defender of the Hindu faith, a title he inherited as a scion of the Raghogarh royal house.
Moreover, the former chief minister has turned a new leaf and projects himself as an orthodox Sanatan Dharmi. He has visited all the major temples in the constituency, offered donations to numerous shrines, fed cows and spoken on the benefits of cow’s urine.
On the otherhand, the BJP is locked in embarrassment with Sadhvi Pragya’s casual comments from day 1. Her comments against Mumbai terror martyr Hemant Karkare and claiming herself was present during Babari masid demolition was not appreciated by even RSS and BJP leaders.
Pragya was ordered to go on a day’s maun vrat, and now former BJP state spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai has been given charge of monitoring her interactions with the media. Digvijay Singh’s spiritual guru, Dwarka Shankaracharya Swarupanand, recently pointed out that Pragya Thakur, cannot even call herself a sanyasin since she uses surname Thakur.