The Election Commission has served a notice to terror-accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for defying the three-day ban on campaigning by the Election Commission of India. Bhopal District Election Officer has sought a reply from the prime accused in the Malegaon terror attack on why she campaigned during the three-day ban period.
Thakur was banned for three days by the national poll body after her comments on the Babri Masjid were found to be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. In an interview to a TV channel, the Hindutva terror accused had bragged about her role in demolishing the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992.
This is the third notice that the terror accused has received from the Election Commission since the BJP fielded her as its candidate to contest from the Bhopal parliamentary seat. On one occasion, she had controversially insulted the former Maharashtra ATS chief, Hemant Karkare, by claiming that the latter was shot dead by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab because she had wished so.
The Election Commission on 1 May had barred her from campaigning for 72 hours, starting from 2 May. However, she’s now found to have been defied the ban.
The BJP has faced global condemnation for its decision to nominate someone who’s on trial for terrorism for the parliament. Last week, a BJP spokesperson, Nalin Kohli, had become a national embarrassment after he faced humiliation on Al Jazeera TV as he struggled to defend his party’s stand on Thakur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has defended his party’s decision to field a terror accused.
Digvijay Singh of the Congress is pitted against Thakur in Bhopal,