On Thursday, Congress and NCP slammed the Centre for nominating Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, the Lok Sabha MP from Bhopal to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Defence Ministry. The Committee has 21 members in total and is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Contending that Thakur was a “terror accused” and “Godse fanatic”, Congress claimed that the move was an insult to India’s defence forces, MPs and every citizen of the country. NCP too criticised this move by stating that BJP wanted to showcase a “new” face of India by naming an accused person as a defence advisor. Moreover, the Sharad Pawar-led party mentioned that she had been charged under stringent anti-terror provisions.
भाजपा खासदार प्रज्ञा ठाकूर यांना संरक्षण मंत्रालयाच्या संसदीय सल्लागार समितीत स्थान देण्याचा वादग्रस्त निर्णय भाजपा सरकारने घेतलाय. प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकूर मालेगाव स्फोटातील आरोपी आहेत. त्यांच्यावर बेकायदा कृत्य प्रतिबंधक कायद्याअंतर्गत खटला सुरू आहे. @BJP4India pic.twitter.com/Tm9OE1DA26— NCP (@NCPspeaks) November 21, 2019
प्रज्ञा ठाकूरला संरक्षण मंत्रालयाच्या संसदीय सल्लागार समितीत नेमून कोणती नवीन संरक्षण नीती भाजपा सरकार राबवू इच्छित आहे? आरोपींनाच संरक्षण सल्लागार म्हणून नेमून भारताची कोणती नवी ओळख भाजपा निर्माण करत आहे? @BJP4India @rajnathsingh @PMOIndia #PragyaThakur— NCP (@NCPspeaks) November 21, 2019
Thakur, who is a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case faces trial under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On December 27, 2017, a special NIA court had dropped stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act charges against Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya, Sameer Kulkarni and other accused in the blast case. In April 2017, the Bombay High Court approved bail for Thakur, who the ATS had said was among the prime conspirators of the blast. Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon on September 29, 2008.