Another controversy has evoke around BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya, wherein the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday making strong accusation has claimed that the Malegaon blast accused stabbed a man in 2001
Thakur's conduct did not become of a `Sadhvi' (ascetic or holy woman), the Congress leader said, speaking at a press conference here.
"Pragya Thakur has a connection with our Chhattisgarh. Her brother-in-law worked at a warehouse in Bilaigarh (in Balodabazar district)," Baghel said, when asked whether the BJP was playing the 'Hindutva card' by fielding her.
"She used to carry a knife and stabbed a young man named Shailendra Devagan in the chest with a knife in Bilaigarh in 2001," Baghel accused.
"Pragya also used to indulge in fights, and from the beginning her conduct was like that of a habitual criminal and not like that of a Sadhvi," the chief minister said.
Thakur is currently out on bail.
Rubbishing Baghel's claims, a BJP spokesperson said the Chhattisgarh CM should "talk sense".
"Baghel ji should talk sense and refrain from making any statement sans proof. He should apologise for his outlandish remarks against Sadhvi ji or be ready to face a defamation suit from us," Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesperson Hitesh Bajpai said.
On Wednesday the BJP candidate stirred controversy by stating that it is necessary for people to say 'Vande Mataram' in order to stay in India. The saffron-clad Sadhvi during her roadshow in her constituency has obligated Indians to chant 'Vande Mataram' to showcase their loyalty to the nation.
Speaking in Bhopal on April 18, the BJP candidate accused martyr of 26/11 Hemant Karkare of holding her in custody illegally and trying to concoct evidence against her; adding that he had died as a result of her curse after the Mumbai ATS chief had questioned her in custody during the investigation into the 2008 Malegaon Blasts case in which she is a key accused.
Following which, Pragya even boasted of how she personally was a part of the group that demolished the Babri Masjid, brazenly adding how she is not denying of any charges.
Six people were killed and over 100 injured in a bomb blast at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in north Maharashtra's Nashik district, on September 29, 2008.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested Thakur and others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast. The National Investigation Agency later gave Thakur a clean chit, but the trial court in Mumbai did not discharge her. She is facing trial under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code sections.
(With PTI inputs)