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Pragya to face charges for Babri remark; FIR ordered

NEW DELHI, APR 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:28:52 PM IST

BJP candidate Pragya Thakur will be charged for saying she was “proud to be part of the Babri mosque demolition”. An election officer has ordered a First Information Report against her.

Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate for Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal in the national election, had said in an interview to television channel TV9 over the weekend that she was among the people who demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 and she was “proud” of it.
“We had removed a blot from the country. We had gone to demolish the structure. I climbed atop the structure and broke it and I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity. We will make sure that a Ram Temple is built at that site,” Pragya Thakur said.
She was served notice for “creating mutual hatred or cause tension between different communities”, but unfazed, she said she “stands by” what she said. “Yes, I had gone there, I had said it yesterday too, not denying it. I had demolished the structure. I will go there and help in the construction of the Ram temple, nobody can stop us from doing that,” she said.
On Sunday, she was reportedly told by her party to “avoid provocative statements”, sources said Monday.
Pragya Thakur, who wears saffron robes and calls herself a “sadhvi”, is one of the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts in which six people were killed and over 100 injured. She was the face of what the previous Congress-led UPA government described as “saffron terror”.
Last week, the BJP named her as their candidate in Bhopal against the Congress’s Digvijaya Singh, who was among the most vocal leaders in condemning “saffron terror”.
 

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