On a day when she clarified her stand to the Election Commission on her comments about Mumbai anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare, Malegaon blast case accused and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Thakur, was served another notice by the district election office. This time, she has been questioned for her remark that she was “proud of the Babri Masjid demolition”.
The explanation has been sought by Bhopal district election officer Sudham Khade. The same DEO had earlier issued her a notice for violating the model code of conduct in connection with her statement on Karkare.
Thakur boasted that she participated in the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. In a television interview, she was quoted as saying: “We will build a Ram temple and we will build an imposing (temple). We had gone there to demolish the structure. I climbed up on the structure to raze it and I feel proud of this. God had given strength to us and we removed a scar on the face of the country.”
`Babri statement in violation of MCC’
The DEO asked Thakur to explain the comment within a day. The notice issued by the officer said: “The statement seems to be in violation of chapter 4 of the model code of conduct which states ‘No activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different caste/communities/religious/linguistic groups, shall be attempted’.”
He also issued an advisory to all political parties to refrain from using objectionable language during the campaign.
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Thakur has been quoted as saying in her defence that, “I talked of my Ram and religion. I will give a reply to the notice.”
Meanwhile, in response to the earlier notice on Karkare, she is reported to have stated that she has already taken back her statement. In a television programme, she was shown saying that Karkare died because of her “curse”.
Source – Wire