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Responding to BJP fielding Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Singh Thakur as its candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti asked what would happen if her party had fielded a terror accused in elections. She said that if it was her party, channels would have gone berserk with the hashtag “mehboobaterrorist”. Mufti has slammed the BJP for saying there is no such thing as Hindu terror.

She has been quite vocal against the controversial moves of the Bharatiya Janata Party ever since the alliance in Jammu & Kashmir has broken up, which led to the fall of ruling government there. The state has been under President’s/Governor’s Rule since then.

Mufti reportedly said that “terrorism has no religion when it concerns ‘saffron fanatics’ but all Muslims are otherwise terrorists”.

BJP announced Pragya Singh Thakur as their candidate from Bhopal seat on Wednesday, 17th April. Thakur is still facing trial in Malegaon bomb blast case which killed seven people in September 2008. She was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case. The court dropped the charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, and she is now being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Jailed for nine years before being released on bail, she will be contesting against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.

“Imagine the anger if I’d field a terror accused. Channels would’ve gone berserk by now trending a mehboobaterrorist hashtag! According to these guys, terror has no religion when it comes to saffron fanatics but otherwise, all Muslims are terrorists. Guilty until proven innocent (sic),” the PDP chief wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Digvijaya Singh, against whom Thakur will be contesting, welcomed her decision to contest in Bhopal. “I hope that you like the peaceful, educated and civilised atmosphere in this city,” he said in a video message on Twitter. “I ask Maa Narmada [river] to bless her, and I pray that we all practice the path of truth, non-violence and dharma.”

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