22 April 2019
Bhopal: Refusing to accept her explanation regarding controversial comments about the Babri Masjid demolition, the Election Commission (EC) on Monday ordered registering an FIR against BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for violating the model code of conduct.
The EC on Sunday issued a show cause notice to Thakur for her remarks made in an interview to a television channel over the weekend. Thakur had told the TV channel that she was among the people who demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 and that she was "proud" of it.
"We removed a blot from the country. We went to demolish the structure. I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity and I could do that. We will make sure a Ram temple is constructed at that site," Thakur told the channel.
In her explanation on Monday, Thakur said, "I did not use any language inciting communal feelings, nor did I give any statement hurting the feelings of any religion, community or tribe. My statement expressed the voice of my conscience. I believe in 'Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Niramayah'".
District Returning Officer Sudaam Khaade rejected Thakur's explanation calling it dissatisfactory and ordered registering of an FIR against her.
This is the second poll panel action against Thakur since the saffron party announced her candidature last Wednesday.
The EC earlier issued a notice against her after she bragged that former ATS Chief Hemant Karkare died at the hands of terrorists during the 26/11 attack in Mumbai because she "cursed" him.
Following a backlash, Thakur apologised admitting that Karkare was a "martyr". The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) distanced itself from her remark.
The 49-year-old is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case in which six people died and around 100 were injured in 2006. She is currently out on bail and her candidature has been challenged in court by the father of one of the men killed in the blast.