Ahead of the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Bhopal District Election Officer has issued a notice to BJP candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur after a complaint was filed against her over her electoral campaigning during the 3-day period when she was barred by the Election Commission from campaigning.
The Bhopal District Election Officer has further sought a reply from her in the matter.
On May 1, the Election Commission (EC) barred the newly-inducted BJP leader from campaigning for 72 hours starting 6 am on May 2, for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) over her recent remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition.
The EC found her statements to be "provocative" and having the potential to "spread hatred". Condemning her comments, the poll panel in its order issued warned her not to repeat "such misconduct" in future.
Furthermore, the EC banned her from holding public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows and giving interviews amid the election campaigning for the three days.
During the EC ban on her, she made multiple visits to temples in Bhopal. Taking notice of the same, Bhopal District Election Officer sent a notice to the BJP candidate.
This is not the first time notice has been sent to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. Previously in April, the Election Commission registered an FIR against her for violating the model code of conduct after expressing dissatisfaction over her explanation to the notice sent to her for her controversial comment on Babri Masjid's demolition.
Thakur had made shocking remarks saying that she was part of the group that demolished the Babri Masjid.
"I was present there (Ayodhya). I had broken the structure. I had demolished the structure. I will go there again. I will help in the construction of our Ram Temple. It is not a controversial issue. Ram Temple was there and I will help in constructing a magnificent temple of Lord Ram," she had said.