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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur as the BJP candidate from Bhopal was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely labelled the rich Hindu civilization as “terrorist”. Pragya 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.

The Prime Minister was talking in an interview given to Times Now. He also added that “this symbol (Thakur’s candidature) will prove costly for the Congress”. He further accused the Congress Party of working with a certain “modus operandi” to create false narratives on incidents such as the Samjhauta Express blast and death of judge BH Loya.

“Samjhauta Express verdict came. What came out? Without any evidence, a rich civilization as old as 5000 years, which gave the message of ‘the whole world is one’… You called such a civilization terrorist? To give a reply to all such people, this [fielding of Ms Thakur] is a symbol and this symbol will cost Congress dearly,” he said.

Jailed for nine years before being released on bail, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on last Wednesday, 17th April, and was immediately announced as the party’s candidate from Bihar. She will be contesting against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.

Following the announcement of Thakur’s candidature, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti had 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 had then slammed the BJP for saying there is no such thing as Hindu terror.

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