Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh finance minister Tarun Bhanot on Saturday lodged a police complaint seeking action against BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for her remarks against former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare.

Thakur, an accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, had earlier claimed that Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai attacks as she had “cursed” him for “torturing” her.  Bhanot said he had filed the case with city’s Gorakhpur police station as a private citizen and not in the capacity of a state minister.

“I as a citizen filed a complaint with the city police demanding action against BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh for making derogatory remarks against Hemant Karkare,” Bhanot told PTI here. “I am hurt with her remarks agains t a martyr and filed the complaint as a citizen and not a minister. I am seeking action as per law against her,” he added. PTI

NCP workers stage protest

NCP activists on Saturday staged a protest here in Maharashtra condemning BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement on Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who died in the line of duty while repulsing terrorists in Mumbai in 2008. Thakur is the BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in the day, scores of NCP activists, led by party leader Jitendra Awhad, gathered at General Arunkumar Vaidya Chowk and raised slogans condemning Thakur and praising Karkare.

Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case and currently out on bail, had said that Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had “cursed” him for “torturing” her. She apologised Friday after her statement caused a furore. The ATS under Karkare had probed the bomb blast case before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over.

Awhad alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “backing” the statement made by the Hindutva leader.”Calling Thakur a ‘Sadhvi’ (a female seer) is akin to insulting Sadhus. Seers have fought against casteist and religious discrimination,” he said. Taking a dig, the NCP MLA said had Thakur should have cursed terrorists in Pakistan, if she believes that her curse is so powerful. PTI , Thane

Patel accuses BJP of double standards
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday hit out at the BJP’s “double standards” for talking about fighting terrorism and then giving tickets to those who are criticising martyrs. He was speaking in Rajkot against the backdrop of the BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur. Slamming BJP on Thakur episode, Patel said, “The BJP has given tickets to such people. What message do you want to convey? On one side, the BJP talks about fighting terrorism. And those who are actually fighting terrorism are being criticised by BJP candidates.”

“Why these double standards? There is huge difference between what the BJP preaches and what it actually does,” the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat asserted. He said while BJP spoke about fighting terrorism, it was the Congress leaders who had laid down their lives opposing it. “After Mumbai terror attack (on 26/11, 2008), our chief minister (of Maharashtra) and Union home minister had tendered their resignations. We fought the terrorists and captured Kasab (who was later hanged).”  Praising Karkare, Patel said, “What is Pragya Singh saying today? A man (Karkare) who sacrificed his life fighting terrorists is now being criticised and even termed a traitor by her.” PTI, Ahmedabad

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