By fielding Sadhvi Pragya, BJP wants people to believe that she and other accused arrested in various blast cases were framed in fabricated cases and that saffron terror is a myth.
But while doing so the, BJP has undermined the fact that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur still remains a key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. As per court papers, the first evidence that led to her arrest was the LML Freedom motorcycle that was registered in her name and was used to plant the bomb. There are also some audio tapes and visuals too. Based on these evidences, the Bombay trial court judge had observed that there was enough ground to establish Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakurs role in the blast.
Ironically, while nominating Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the party candidate, the BJP did not think about the kind of message this would send to all the world leaders with whom Narendra Modi has often taken up the issue of terrorism.
The people of Malegaon, who had been hearing about the pressure on some officers and public prosecutor Rohini Salian to go soft in the case, have almost lost all hope of getting justice. Wife of Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare the officer who initially investigated the case had turned down then-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modis monetary compensation after 26/11 attacks.
Therefore, the BJPs decision to field Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in this election is neither shocking nor surprising for most people in Malegaon. But it is painful, especially for the blast victims and their families.
Sadhvi Pragya is not a Sadhvi, lady priest, she is a terrorist, a Hindu terrorist. She earns BJPs praise because its born out of a legacy that celebrates Nathuram Godse, the killer of Ghandi.
Department of English
Govt Degree College, Handwara
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