Pragya Thakur, BJP MP, is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which six people were killed and more than 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon.
BHOPAL — Madhya Pradesh Congress taking serious note of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha member Pragya Singh Thakur’s “keep weapon at home” remark has demanded that a case of treason be registered against her.
Addressing a programme in Shivamogga (Karnataka) on Sunday, Pragya Thakur said Hindus have the right to respond to those who attack them and their dignity, as she spoke about the killing of Hindu activists. She had also called on the community to at least keep the knives in their homes sharp, as everyone has the right to protect themselves, reports PTI.
Madhya Pradesh Congress media department’s chairman KK Mishra told PTI that the Centre should now take action by registering a case for treason as Thakur “incited people for violence”.
“She is now talking about a knife after holding a bomb in her hands. The acts of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Thakur are alike,” he claimed.
Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
Six people were killed and more than 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a communally sensitive town in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.
State BJP spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi, however, defended Pragya Thakur saying Thakur’s statement is not related to any religion but related to the mental strength of all sisters and daughters for self-defence, reports PTI.
Pragya Thakur, known for her controversial statements, had participated in the Hindu Jagarana Vedike’s South Annual Convention organised in Shivamogga city on Sunday. She had also visited the residence of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha who was hacked to death for spear-heading the campaign against hijab.
She asked Hindus to take care of their girl children and keep weapons at home. If there is no weapon at least sharpen the knife used for cutting vegetables. “They had killed our Harsha with a knife. They have used knives to kill Hindu activists, we have to keep our knives sharpened to face any eventualities. If our knife cuts vegetables well, it can be effective on our enemies as well.”
Meanwhile, a police complaint has also been lodged against BJP MP Saadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in connection with an alleged “blasphemous” and “derogatory” speech against the minority community during her recent Karnataka visit, police said on Tuesday.
Tehseen Poonawalla, a venture capitalist and political analyst, has lodged a complaint against Pragya Thakur through social media with Shivamogga SP G.K. Mithun Kumar, a copy of which has been marked to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
The complainant accused Pragya Thakur of making a highly “blasphemous” and “derogatory” speech against the minority community while speaking at the function.