‘An answer to all those who dubbed rich Indian culture as terrorist’: PM Modi on fielding of Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has backed his party’s decision to field Pragya Thakur as the candidate from Bhopal.

Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case who is currently on bail, joined the BJP on Wednesday and soon after was fielded as its candidate from Bhopal against Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

Modi on Friday said that fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur was a suggestive answer to all those who unjustly named the rich Hindu culture as “terrorist” and affirmed that “this symbol will prove costly for the Congress”.

He said the Congress works with a certain “modus operandi” to create false stories on incidents such as the Samjhauta Express blast and death of judge BH Loya.

While supporting the fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur, PM Modi asked why no such questions are being asked when Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are contesting from Amethi and Rae Bareli seats, respectively, although they are also on bail.

“One woman, that too a ‘sadhvi’, was humiliated in such a manner,” he said.

“Samjhauta Express verdict came. What came out? Without any evidence, a rich civilization as old as 5000 years, which gave the message of ‘the whole world is one’… You called such a civilization terrorist? To give a reply to all such people, this (fielding of Pragya Thakur) is a symbol and this symbol will cost the Congress dearly,” the prime minister added.

“In Amethi, they (Congress) have a candidate (Rahul Gandhi) who is on bail, in Rae Bareli, they have a candidate (Sonia Gandhi) who is on bail, but there is no debate on that. But if the candidate from Bhopal is on bail, there is so much of outcry,” he said and asked, “how can this (duplicity) go on?”