The Poll Office of India on Wednesday barred Bharatiya Janata Party Bhopal nominee Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from campaigning for next 72 hours for her remarks Babri mosque demolition and controversial remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare.
The Poll body found her remark ‘she is proud of Babri Masjid’s demolition’ in a violation of the model code of conduct. The poll panel in a statement said that it “strongly condemned” her remarks”. It also issued warning to Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate not to repeat the misconduct in future.
Responding to the Ban imposed on her Sadhvi Pragya said, ‘I respect the decision.’
BJP candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur on EC banning her from campaigning for 3 days: Koi baat nahi, main toh uska samman karti hoon. pic.twitter.com/TbUxxk2dmO
— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2019
The ban would come into force from 6.00 AM, May 2 (Thursday) and would continue for the next 72 hours.
It should be noted that Pragya Thakur in a run-up to the national elections 2019 had said Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because of her “curse” as he “tortured” her when during the probe in the Malegaon blast.
He was the Chief of Anti Terror Squad (ATS). She had also made a controversial remark about the Babri mosque.
Sadhvi Pragya has been charged in the Malegaon Blast. She is currently out on a bail in the case. Ever since Sadhvi Pragyna nominated for Bhopal, she had made many controversial remarks and the party is facing intense criticism from the opposition for this.
Earlier on April 27, Congress alleging Sadhvi Pragya of seeking votes in name of Army and filed a complaint with the Poll Commission.
Bhopal Lok Sabha Seat is considered as a stronghold of the saffron party. BJP had held the seat 8 times since 1989, Congress had last won an election in 1984 on the seat. BJP’s Alok Sanjar is the sitting MP from the seat.
Voting in 29 seats of Madhya Pradesh will be held across in 4 phases: April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Bhopal parliamentary seat will go to polls on May 12.