Bhopal/ BJP leaders distance them from Pragya Thakur’s remark about Congress using ‘maarak shakti’, opposition reprimands Sadhvi

Bhopal: BJP Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur on Monday drew flak from Congress leaders for making claims of opposition resorting to sorcery on BJP leaders. However, her party distanced itself from her contentious remark.

Thakur had on Monday alleged that the opposition parties are using ‘maarak shakti’ to harm BJP leaders. She was referring to recent deaths of top BJP leaders including Arun Jaitley, Babulal Gaur and Sushma Swaraj.

On being asked to comment on Thakur’s statement, Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh assembly Gopal Bhargava said, “She (Pragya) can tell you better on this (comment). Everyone has different views. I don’t believe in all these things”.

Congress, on the other hand, reprimanded the BJP MP for her remark and said that such comments do not befit the stature of a parliamentarian.

Arun Jaitley and Babulal Gaur were leaders of this country, says Jitu Patwari: Cabinet Minister Jitu Patwari said, “Arun Jaitley and Babulal Gaur were not only BJP leaders, but also leaders of this country. They were considered as our fathers and we respected them a lot. Pragya is not a sadhvi anymore. She is an MP. Such comments do not befit the stature of any parliamentarian. This mentality cannot take our country and Bhopal forward”.

Echoing similar sentiments, Congress leader Manak Agarwal said, “Congress never believes in all these things. Pragya Thakur is an expert in all these things. She said that Hemant Karkare had died because she had cursed him.”

While addressing a condolence meeting to pay tribute to Jaitley and Gaur, Pragya had said, “During my election campaign, a maharaj ji (religious person) had told me that the Opposition is resorting to sorcery on your party (BJP) and its leaders. He said it is a very bad time and asked me to be cautious.”