Updated: August 26, 2019 3:53:48 pm
BJP leader and Member of Parliament from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur Monday said the Opposition was using “marak shakti” (killing power) to harm BJP leaders, ANI reported. Thakur made the remark while addressing a condolence meeting at the state BJP office to pay tributes to Arun Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur.
“One seer told me don’t lessen your penance as these are very bad times and the Opposition is using ‘marak shakti‘ which is intended to harm the loyal and hardworking members of BJP. You are a target and please take care. I do not remember his words now as I did not pay attention but as our top leaders such as Sushma (Swaraj) ji, Babulal (Gaur) ji, and recently (Arun) Jaitley ji passed away, it occurred to me what if it was true,” ANI quoted Thakur as saying.
“Marak shakti” stands for a force, initiated through occult or rituals, intended to harm an individual or group. Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Sushma Swaraj on August 6.
“But now, when I see our top leaders Sushma ji, Babulal ji, Jaitley ji leaving us one by one after undergoing pain, I am forced to think, wasn’t it (what Maharaj said) right? It is true that our leadership is leaving us untimely,” the BJP MP said.
Reacting to her comments, the Congress has slammed the Bhopal MP for her comments and advised the BJP to sack her for making fun of the death of Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrkkar and Babulal Gaur.
“Sometimes she makes fun of the martyrdom of former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare by claiming that her curse killed him, another time she glorifies Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a patriot,” said Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s media coordinator Narendra Saluja. He added that the BJP should immediately expel her for making such nonsensical comments in a meeting called to condole the death of Jaitley and Gaur and apologise to the family members of the late leaders.
Chief of Congress’s media cell Shobha Oza said the comments were objectionable. She said the BJP parliamentarian has lost her mental balance and needs immediate treatment.
Pragya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, is no stranger to making controversial remarks. Last month the BJP leader said she was not elected as an MP to clean toilets and drains, drawing criticism from the Congress, which called the statement an insult to her mandate.
“Hum naali saaf karwaaneke liye nahi bane hain. Hum apka shouchalaya saaf karwane ke liye bilkul nahi banaye gaye hain. Hum jis kaam ke liye banaaye gaye hai, woh hum imaandari se karenge (I have not been elected to clean drains. I have definitely not been elected to clean your toilets. I will honestly do the work for which I have been elected),” Thakur said.
She was issued a showcause notice by the BJP ahead of the elections for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot. Pragya had also claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse”.
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