Fielding Pragya is a symbolic answer to those who called Hindu civilisation ‘terrorist’: Modi

Ms.Thakur, who is out on bail in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, is the BJP candidate for Bhopal against Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh.

Updated - April 20, 2019 06:53 pm IST

Published - April 20, 2019 01:42 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP's Lok Sabha candidate for Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur. File photos: G. Karthikeyan/The Hindu and PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP's Lok Sabha candidate for Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur. File photos: G. Karthikeyan/The Hindu and PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur , an accused in the Malegaon blasts case , as the BJP candidate from Bhopal was a symbolic answer to all those who labeled the rich Hindu civilization as “terrorist” and asserted that “this symbol will prove costly for the Congress”.

Ms. Thakur joined the BJP on Wednesday and soon after was named its candidate from Bhopal against Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.

He said the Congress worked with a certain modus operandi to create false narratives on incidents such as the Samjhauta Express blasts and the death of judge B.H. Loya .

Defending the fielding of Ms. Thakur, who is on bail in the malegaon blasts case , Mr. Modi asked why no such questions were being asked when Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were contesting from the Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies, respectively, despite being on “bail”.

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“One woman, that too a ‘sadhvi’, was humiliated in such a manner,” he said in an interview to Times Now .

“In Amethi, they [Congress] have a candidate [Rahul Gandhi] who is on bail; in Rae Bareli, they have a candidate [Sonia Gandhi] who is on bail, but there is no debate on that. But if the candidate from Bhopal is on bail, there is so much of outcry,” he said and asked, “How can this go on?”

He went on to add, “I have lived in Gujarat. I have understood the Congress modus operand i. Like a film script, they write a script. They locate something, then bring a villain and a hero and make a film. This is their modus operandi .. It is a part of that modus operandi .”

Because of the “same modus operandi” of the Congress, “all the encounters were presented like that [as fake].... Justice Loya died a natural death but because of this kind of modus operandi , such a case was built as if he had been murdered. On the EVMs issue also, they used the same modus operandi ,” he said.

“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 Ms. Thakur] is a symbol and this symbol will cost Congress dearly,” he said.

Indira Gandhi assassination and Sikhs killing

Mr. Modi also referred to 1984 killing of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“Her [Indira’s] son [Rajiv Gandhi] said when a big tree falls, the earth shakes. After that thousands of Sikhs were massacred in Delhi. Was it not terrorism of certain people? Even after that he [Rajiv Gandhi] was made the Prime Minister. The neutral media never asked any question with regard to that but is asking now,” Mr. Modi said.

“Those who were eyewitnesses of those killings were later made ministers.. One of them was recently made the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, against whom there have been allegations. Were they ever asked? Those who have been convicted are being hugged even in jail,” he said. “Do they [Congress] have any right to raise questions?,” he asked.

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