The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat to contest against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Responding to the development, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday took to Twitter launching a scathing attack at the saffron party for giving a ticket to an accused in the Malegaon blast case to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
A video shared by AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) on its official Twitter handle shows Owaisi calling out the "zero-tolerance policy against terrorism" promised by BJP in the party's 2019 election Sankalp Patra (manifesto).
In the video, Asaduddin Owaisi is attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP's decision to appoint Sadhvi Pragya, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case which had resulted in the death of six people and several injuries.
"Their manifesto says zero tolerance on terrorism, but they go ahead and nominate a terror accused. What will they say to those injured & murdered on Malegaon?" Owaisi said while addressing a rally in Maharashtra (as shown in the video).
Replying to AIMIM's video, the party chief further tweeted that 'a terror accused has been rehabilitated by BJP' in a blistering attack at Sadhvi Pragya.
Earlier, Omar Abdullah has attacked BJP for giving her the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections, adding that the party made the decision to garner votes.
"We are hearing new things from BJP. First, they tried to fight elections using Balakot and Pulwama. Then, they tried speaking about development, after that they tried the religion card and they know that they will not get votes with Mandir-Masjid. So, they gave the mandate to a person who is an accused in a terror case and out on bail claiming poor health. If she is in good health to contest she is healthy enough for jail as well. I hope the court which gave her the bail cancels it as if she is fit enough to contest she is fit to be in jail," the NC chief had said.
Speaking to Republic, Sadhvi Pragya launched a counter-attack on the 'Hindu terror bogey', stating that 'NIA has given her a clean-chit' in the Malegaon blast case.
"They are very bothered as this is the evident proof of their deeds. I should go to jail, they have put me in jail by illegal and legal means. They oppressed me. They are annoyed because they tried to kill me but I survived. NIA has given me a clean-chit. They called me a terrorist, but somewhere I've got the justice and I'm out on bail now. I'm not out on bail by gaining sympathy, nor have I asked for anyone's sympathy. I am a nationalist," she said hitting out at the Opposition.
Polls for total 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19.