Just a day after she was inducted in the BJP and her nomination was confirmed from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur claimed that Hindutva is being targeted. She also appealed to the voters to vote 'in the name of religion'.
Speaking to media on Thursday, she narrated her experience of the time when she was in custody. Clarifying that she has not joined politics for power, she said:
"I am a sanyasi. Power is not for me. I can be a guide but I cannot be a power holder. But this is a 'dharamyudh' (religious battle) and I have to come to this dharamyudh. Why should I have come? Shivraj ji had a splendid tenure, he did such great work, all my brothers are leading the party in such an amazing manner. People are seeing their (Congress) rule since four months, they want to get back to Shivraj ji because he showed what good governance is. Governance is for society, for the people, for the development of poor. He has proved all of these through his work. This is God's order to me and I am here because of dharmyudh."
Appealing to the voters to vote for her, she said:
"Till the time we don't vote, we have to continue our fight. I am not here to do netagiri, definitely not the type the Congressi does. God has appointed me. I am following the order. When I am here to fulfill God's wish, whatever I do, will be for you people. I am from the nation, you are from the nation. So forget your happiness, your sorrow and go out to vote. Imagine that every person is Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and in this election season, dedicate yourself to the nation. I am a sanyasi, I will ask for alms and alms will be in form of vote. Give your vote for religion, for the nation, for the nation's security, for women's dignity. Give it for nations's wholeness, nation's glory, for nation's truth. Don't sit silent till the voting day, if ever the heretics arrive, we won't be able to answer our kids."
Thakur is among seven accused facing trial in Malegaon blast case, in which six people were killed and a dozen others were injured when a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded in Maharashtra's Malegaon on September 29, 2008. While the NIA had discharged all charges against her under MCOCA, she is out on bail and the case is still going on. Her candidature has created an almighty storm within political circles, with the Opposition up in arms over the BJP fielding a terror-accused. Her party, on the other hand, is insistent that she was implicated as part of the UPA's attempt to club a number of incidents into a 'Hindu terror' narrative for political purposes.