Appending to her list of controversies, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has now stated that it is requisite for people to say 'Vande Mataram' in order to stay in India.
The saffron-clad BJP candidate for the Bhopal constituency during her roadshow in her constituency has obligated Indians to chant 'Vande Mataram' to showcase their loyalty to the nation.
"You will have to say Vande Mataram. If you eat, drink in this country and make use of every facility of this country and you're born here. If you can't be there for your country, you can't be there for anyone in the world," Pragya said amid her roadshow.
Accused for the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, the terror accused whisked controversies promptly after entering into the political spectrum amid the Parliamentary elections 2019.
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.
"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, for which she later apologised.
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.
She said, "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."
"I don't care what others say. I said what I had to say. Ram Temple will be constructed. Why will I deny the charges? I was present there. I demolished it. Nobody can stop us from constructing the temple. He is my Ram ji... Lord Ram is the nation and nation is Lord Ram. Temple will be there," she added,
Following which the Election Commission registered an FIR against her for violating the Model Code of Conduct