Amidst severe backlash on Sadhvi Pragya Thakur's controversial statement that 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare 'died due to her annihilation curse', BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli on Friday, has clarified the Party's stance that 'they stood with the family of Hemant Karkare' while not engaging in politics.
"We respect the martyrdom of Hemant Karkare. We stand with the families of all the heroes who have fought for the nation. We will not play politics on this. The comments which Pragyaji has said may be a personal view which she holds because she herself has been the victim to an investigation. But the party respects the martyrdom of Hemant Karkare and stands with his family. We will not engage in politics in this matter."
Earlier, on the same day, in a major insult to 26/11 martyr and late former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Chief Hemant Karkare, BJP's candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha polls, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Friday had claimed that Karkare who had repeatedly questioned her over her alleged involvement in the blasts had died because of her curse that he would soon be destroyed.
"He asked me many questions regarding the incident. I said I don't know, God knows. And he replied that for knowing the answer, do I need to go and ask God? And I said, if needed, you should go and visit him. You will find it difficult to believe when I cursed him that 'you will be annihilated', and just over a month later (which is the period of mourning when a person dies), he was killed by terrorists, marking his end." said Thakur.
Karkare was the principal investigator in the Malegaon blast case and had arrested 11 suspects in October 2008 which also included the then ABVP student leader Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. She was later released on bail due to claims of having contracted breast cancer in April 2017 while she still faces trial under other criminal provisions including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
BJP had inducted the Malegaon accused into the party on Wednesday and announced that Sadhvi Pragya will contest from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh.
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