Among the crucial constituencies this election season, Madhya Pradesh's capital city found itself at the spotlight with two contentious candidates fielded on the seat- Congress' Digvijay Singh and terror accused BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.
However, after the Congress president called the BJP president as "murder accused", now Digvijay Singh stoked a controversy by calling the terror accused as 'murderer', a case in which Pragya Thakur has been acquitted by the Court.
He said, "When I was the Chief Minister there was no case on Pragya, but then later she murdered Sunil Joshi, there was a case on her, for which she had to go to the jail. And for that, Shivraj Singh Chouhan sent her to jail twice."
Out of the several cases that Pragya was being accused of, including the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, Thakur was also accused of murderering a RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi back in 2007, for which she was acquitted.
Ever since her induction in the party, Thakur's name has been recurring in the political discourse of the Parliamentary 2019 elections.
Last week, the Election Commission debarred Thakur from campaigning for three days in the Lok Sabha polls in the wake of her remark that she is proud of Babri Masjid's demolition. The remark was found violative of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by the poll watchdog.
Despite that, the BJP candidate was accused of continuing her campaigning despite the 3-day ban, following which a notice by the District Election Officer in Bhopal was sent a complaint.
"I'm a Sanyasi. My life's base is spiritualism, Indian cultural symbols and values. If somebody stops me from practising this, I will leave it to their wisdom," said Thakur on the matter.
Sadhvi Pragya in her poll rally on April 27, has referred to her political opponent Digvijaya Singh as a "terrorist"
She said, "Uma didi defeated him 16 years ago, now that he has risen, those terrorist who increase unemployment, now one more Sadhvi is here to demolish him." Earlier, former chief minister of madhya Pradesh had said that Digvijaya is an anti-national in his poll rally."
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.
Polling in Bhopal will take place in the sixth phase of elections.