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MP: Irked over her ‘missing’ posters, Pragya says Congressmen, traitors have no place in India

During the programme, Pragya Singh Thakur described Hindus as patriots and also took a veiled swipe at Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh, saying that no person can become pious by taking up “Narmada parikrama"

By: PTI | Bhopal |
Updated: October 16, 2021 4:33:51 pm
BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (file photo )

Lashing out at a Madhya Pradesh Congress legislator for the posters during the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed that Bhopal’s BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur had gone missing, the latter has said “such Congressmen and traitors” have no place in India and only patriots will stay in the country.

Congress’s Bhopal South MLA P C Sharma, who was present at the programme held on Friday night where Thakur made the remarks targeted at him, left the event midway in a huff.

During the programme, Thakur described Hindus as patriots and also took a veiled swipe at Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh, saying that no person can become pious by taking up “Narmada parikrama” (circumambulation of Narmada river).

“Animals also have feelings. When its offspring dies or falls sick, animal cries. But they are worse than animals. Do not treat the sick as sick. At first, they tortured (me) and when I get sick, they put up my missing posters,” Thakur told a gathering during the programme held on the occasion of Dussehra on MVM Ground in the city.

She further said, “Shame on such people that they become MLAs. Such people do not deserve to become an MLA, but became one. Such people call themselves Hindus, but they are insensitive. They attack us. They cry over those who kill us. Shame on such Congressmen, shame on such traitors and I say there is no place for them in India. Only patriots will remain in India.”

The nation is with the Hindus as they are patriots, she said.

“If the patriots understand their strength, then the country’s borders will be protected, India will be integrated and country will reach its glory,” she said.

Thakur also said no ‘adharmi’ can become pious by taking up ‘Narmada parikrama’, an apparent attack on Digvijaya Singh, although she did not name anyone.

The Congress leader had undertaken the 3,300-km Narmada parikrama in 2017.

However, this is not the first time that she has attacked Digvijaya Singh, who had unsuccessfully contested the election against her during last Lok Sabha poll from Bhopal.

Congress legislator Sharma, who left the programme midway after Thakur attacked him in her speech, later told PTI, “It was a social platform and not the political one, where she made political comments. It was a Dussehra programme, but she insulted those who undertake Narmada Parikrama, whoever his target may be. This is condemnable.”

“She said that her missing posters were put up. The people of Bhopal were in trouble for two years without bed and injections during the pandemic. She is MP from Bhopal and the people were demanding her to provide these facilities,” he said.

When asked about her comment about the Congressmen having no place in the country, Sharma said that this will be decided by the Constitution and not by Thakur.

“Congress got the Independence to the country and at that time these people were with the Britons. She is trying to vitiate the atmosphere as she is playing kabaddi and Garba after being out on bail on health grounds (in 2008 Malegaon blast case). The court should take cognisance of this,” he added.

Earlier too, Thakur, who spent several years in jail after being arrested in the Malegaon blast case, had alleged that she was illegally detained and beaten up by police personnel to admit the crime.

BJP secretary Rahul Kothari, who tried to stop Sharma during the Dussehra programme, told PTI that the Congress legislator should not have left the stage.

“Why did the Congress legislator sit on stage when he felt ashamed? The Bhopal MP didn’t name anybody,” he said.

Pragya Thakur terms man who shot her kabaddi video as ‘Ravana’; Cong says she follows demon king’s ideology

After a viral video showed her playing kabaddi, Bhopal’s BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, who was confined to a wheelchair for a long time and had obtained bail in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on medical grounds, described the one who shot and circulated the clip as “Ravana” and said his old age and next birth will get spoiled.

Criticising the BJP leader over her remarks, the Congress said she follows the ideology of the demon king and of those who represent the evil.

Thakur was speaking during a Dussehra programme in Bhopal’s Sant Nagar (Bairagarh), a Sindhi community-dominated area, on Friday night.

“I went for offering aarti (at a Durga pandal) two days back, when some sportsmen playing on a ground requested me to conduct a (kabaddi) raid. A small clip of this was captured and shown in the media,” she said.

“If someone fretted and fumed, it was Ravana among you, some Sindhi brother…someone who is a big enemy (of mine). I am not his enemy, but he considered me as his enemy. I don’t know what precious thing I snatched from him…But Ravana can be anywhere,” she added.

“I am telling the person, whose sanskaras have got spoiled, to mend them. If you don’t, your old age and next birth will also get spoiled because whenever anyone has clashed with the patriots, revolutionaries and above all saints, neither Ravana or Kansa survived, nor will the ‘adharmi’ or ‘vidharmi’ of the present be saved,” she said.

She said that her ‘tapasya’ (penance) and meditation was for public.

She said that her ‘tapasya’ (penance) and meditation was for public. Reacting to her remarks, state Congress spokesperson K K Mishra on Saturday said, “Those who follow the ideology of Ravana, see the demon king everywhere. The Bhopal MP follows the ideology of those who represent the evil.”

The video that went viral on social media showed Thakur playing a game of kabaddi on the premises of a Kali temple.

Earlier, another video of her taking part in a Garba dance during the just-concluded Navratri festival had emerged.

Defending the Bhopal MP, her elder sister Upma Thakur had earlier said that she suffers from a spine problem, which can give trouble to her any time.

“You never know at which moment it can create problems for her. There is a problem with her L4 and L5 bones (vertebrae) as they got dislocated because ATS Maharashtra (investigators) threw her on the floor.

“Whenever these problems occur, the lower portion (of her body) is left with no sensation….It can happen even when she sits or gets down from a vehicle,” Upma had said.

On the other, MP Congress leaders, while taking a swipe at Pragya Thakur accused her of having many faces as sometimes she is seen in a wheelchair, said she plays Garba and kabaddi too.

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