The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday distanced itself from the description of its Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur that she had cursed former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and he was killed in a month. Thakur, while addressing a press conference in Bhopal on Thursday, accused Karkare of torturing her and stated: “He tortured me… I said may you perish, his inauspicious time started from that moment and he was killed by terrorists in a month.”
“What she is saying is from her personal experience, the party cannot comment on that,” BJP spokesperson in Bhopal Rajneesh Agrawal stated. Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting against Thakur, termed her statement as a violation of election commission’s order.
“Her comment is a violation of Election Commission’s order of not making any political statements on the Army and martyrs. Hemant Karkareji was an honest and committed officer who attained martyrdom to save the life of people in 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks.”
The state chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao said: “Congress lodged a complaint against BJP candidate from Bhopal Pragya Thakur for her comments on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare. We are inquiring into the matter.”
While addressing the party workers in Bhopal late on Thursday Thakur stated: “The probe committee called Karkare and said ‘let her go, if you don’t have any evidence against her. It is wrong and illegal to detain her’ but Karkare said ‘I would do anything, will make or get the evidence but I won’t leave her.’”
The BJP candidate said the officer used to summon her “how and why it (Malegaon blasts) happened and I used to reply that only God knows. Karkare would then ask me sarcastically whether he needed to go to God’s place to know the truth. I told him that if required, you will have to go. He hurled abuses on me, harassed me, insulted me a lot.”