Union Minister Ramdas Athawale differs BJP on fielding Sadhvi Pragya

Strongly disputing with BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s remarks on former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, BJP’s allay Republican Party of India chief and union minister Ramdas Athawale differed with BJP’s decision to field her in Lok Sabha polls.

Moreover, causing severe embarrassment to BJP in projecting her as an Hindutva icon, he asserted that the ATS chief had “enough evidence against her.” “Her name had figured in the Malegaon case and Hemant Karkare had enough evidence against her,” he added.

Karkare was martyred while fighting terrorists to save people. I do not agree with Sadhvi’s statement on Karkare. We condemn it. It is for the court to decide what is right and what is wrong,” he told reporters in Bhopal.

Thakur had earlier said that Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as she had “cursed” him for “torturing” her while he was probing the 2008 Malegaon blast case. The union minister further added that “If left to our party, we would not have fielded her.”

Speaking about the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Athawale, minister of state for social justice and empowerment at the Centre, said the NDA would win 350 seats. He said, post-victory, he hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would give him a good ministerial post.

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