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Elections 2019: PM Modi Defends Pragya Thakur candidature from Bhopal

Says It Will “Cost Congress Dearly”


DEFENDING Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, as the BJP candidate from Bhopal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely labeled the rich Hindu civilization as “terrorist” and asserted that “this symbol will prove costly for the Congress”.

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

While defending the fielding of Pragya Singh Thakur, who is on bail in the blast case, 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 constituencies, respectively, despite being on “bail”.

“One woman, that too a ‘sadhvi’, was humiliated in such a manner,” he said in an interview to Times Now while answering a question on fielding of Ms Thakur in the Lok Sabha elections.

“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.

Pragya Singh Thakur joined the BJP on Wednesday and soon after was fielded as its candidate from Bhopal against Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

“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?”

He went on to add, “I have lived in Gujarat. I have understood Congress’s modus operandi. Like a film script, they write a script. They locate something, then bring a villain and a hero and make a film. This is their modus operandi. It is part of that modus operandi.”

Because of the “same modus operandi” of the Congress, “all the encounters were presented like that (as fake)…. Justice Loya died a natural death but because of this kind of modus operandi, such a case was built as if he had been murdered. On EVM issue also, they used the same modus operandi,” he charged.

Attacking the Congress, he referred to 1984, when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

“Her (Indira’s) son (Rajiv Gandhi) said when a big tree falls, the earth shakes. After that thousands of Sikhs were massacred in Delhi. Was it not the terrorism of certain people? Even after that, he (Rajiv Gandhi) was made the prime minister. The neutral media never asked any question with regard to that but is asking now,” PM Modi said.

CPI Condemns Nomination of Pragya Singh



The Communist Party of India CPI strongly condemned the decision of the BJP to nominate Pragya Singh Thakur, a terror-accused, as a Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal.

It said that with her nomination the RSS-BJP is out to further polarise the voters in the name religion. To say the least the move is immoral attempt to prove its claim that there is nothing called terror by hardline Hindutva groups. The nomination of a terror accused is politically, morally wrong and exposes the BJP of its real face.

It may be recalled here that special prosecutor Rohini Salian was on record saying that she was under pressure from the Modi government to go soft on the Malegaon accused. Though the National Investigating Agency claimed the evidence against Thakur was insufficient to prove her complicity in the crime and sought to exonerate her, a special court in Mumbai last year found that the available evidence was sufficient to prosecute Thakur under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for terror activities, criminal conspiracy and murder.

Pragya Singh’s terrorist bent of mind became clearer when on April 18 she uttered the most insulting remark against former Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare. Ashok Chakra awardee late Karkare made the supreme sacrifice fighting the terrorists. He was killed along with two other senior police officers while fighting terrorists during 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. Her remarks are unpardonable, the Party feels.

BJP cannot escape its responsibility by saying that the remarks of Pragya Thakur are her personal. Modi’s declaration of his fight against terrorism has no meaning when he nominates terror accused as BJP candidate in Bhopal.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi denies allegations of sexual harassment

Says independence of the judiciary is “under threat”


Chief Justice of India CJI Ranjan Gogoi today strongly denied allegations of sexual harassment and said the independence of the judiciary is “under threat” and it “cannot be made a scapegoat”.

A special bench of the Supreme Court today called an emergency hearing after a former employee at the top court, in an affidavit to several Supreme Court judges, alleged she was sexually harassed by the chief justice.

“This is unbelievable. I don’t think I should stoop low even to deny these allegations,” the Chief Justice, who was heading the three-judge bench, said during the hearing and added he will not pass any orders and the senior most judge Arun Mishra will dictate the order.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi alleged a conspiracy behind the allegations and said, “There has to be a bigger force behind this, they want to deactivate office of Chief Justice”.

The Chief Justice said the allegations had cropped up as he is scheduled to hear important cases in the Supreme Court next week. “I will sit on this chair and discharge my judicial functions without any fear… Things have gone too far. Judiciary cannot be made a scapegoat,” he said.

Chief Justice Gogoi said since there can be no corruption allegations against him, “people have to find something and they have found this”.

“After 20 years of selfless service as judge, I have bank balance of Rs. 6.80 lakh. My peon has more money than that… Is this a reward the Chief Justice gets after 20 years,” he asked.

The Chief Justice said the woman who made the allegations against him has a criminal background and that there are two police cases against her.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the allegations appear to be a blackmail technique.

The special bench of Chief Justice Gogoi, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna refrained from passing any judicial order “at this stage” and said they “leave it to the discretion of the media to exercise restraint and act responsibly.”

“Faith of people in judiciary will be shaken by such unscrupulous allegations,” Justice Mishra said.

The top court said further judicial orders will be passed at a later stage.

12 coaches of Purva Express derail near Kanpur, 13 injured

The railways have issued helpline numbers: 1072, 9454403738, 9454401463, 9454401075, 9454400384 and 0512-23333111/112/113.




Twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early morning today. The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station in Kanpur Nagar district at around 1 am.

According to railway officials, at least 13 people were injured in the incident. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Kanpur. CPRO Northern Central Railway, Gaurav Krishan Bansal told AIR that no causality is reported in the accident. Railways have diverted 13 trains and cancelled one train. Mr Bansal said diverted rail traffic will be restored soon. All senior rail and administration officers are on spot.

Additional Director General (Public Relations) in Ministry of Railways, Smita Vats Sharma said, accident Relief Train and Accident Relief Medical Equipment are at the site and all the passengers have been evacuated.

The railways have issued helpline numbers: 1072, 9454403738, 9454401463, 9454401075, 9454400384 and 0512-23333111/112/113.

The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the derailment of Poorva Express near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh last night. Commissioner of Railway Safety A K Jain will conduct the inquiry and submit a report. As many as 14 passengers were injured in the incident. Three people were seriously injured and eleven others suffered minor injuries.

PM lauds services of business community in development of economy


Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a Traders National Convention held at Talkatora Stadium at New Delhi Friday lauded the yeomen services rendered by business community in development of economy and the nation and termed their role as a backbone of Country’s economy. Thousands of traders from Delhi and other States were present in the convention. This meeting of Prime Minister with traders at a juncture when election campaigning is at a high swing assumes much significance and will favour BJP a lot. There are about 7 crore traders across Country which provide employment to more than 30 crore people. The traders have a dominant role on almost 195 Loksabha seats all over the Country and their voting pattern can influence the results to a great extent.

Welcoming the Prime Minister, CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that BJP has included some of the very crucial and fundamental issues of the traders in its election manifesto and expressed hope than when in power again, Shri Modi led Government will implement the declarations in a speedy way.

Khandelwal urged the Prime Minister to provide subsidy of 50% to the traders opting for computerisation to take digital India down the line whereas the Bank charges upto 2% levied on digital transactions should be offloaded from traders and consumers and the Government should directly subsidise these charges to Banks. E-Commerce policy should be made in a such a way that it provide equal opportunity to all stakeholders and fair competition in the market. The Non-Banking Finance Companies and Micro Finance Institutions should be brought in place of Banks to provide loans to traders under Mudra Yojna. Various Acts, Laws and Rules governing trade should be reviewed. Traders should be compensated in event of natural calamity. Infrastructural development of commercial markets across Country should be devised. A permanent solution to Delhi sealing should be brought in to provide relief to traders of Delhi.

Development model will be security for all and respect for all: PM Modi


Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the development model of the country will be security for all and respect for all. He said that the NDA government will take strong steps against infiltrators if voted to power again. He was addressing an election rally at Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur District of West Bengal today.

Mr. Modi asserted that the incomplete work of border fencing will be taken up with priority. The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to passing the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Parliament if the NDA government comes into power.

Mr. Modi said that the State Government has failed to implement a new pay commission for its employees and is unable to give Dearness allowances.

Shocking Endorsement of a Terror Accused; CPM on Sadhvi remarks


Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) has strongly condemned the ‘unseemly act of the BJP’ and the ‘Prime Minister’ over the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur as the candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.

It said that this is an attempt at vitiating the election atmosphere and subversion of the rule of law and the Constitutional order.
“It is well-known that she was an accused and named in several chargesheets in terror-related cases. She is still facing trial under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in the Malegaon blast case” Party said in a statement.

“BJP has fielded her, which completely betrays their rhetoric of opposing terrorism. She has herself further exposed the obnoxious nature of her platform by going hammer and tong against the then ATS chief, Hemant Karkare, who laid down his life in the line of duty during the ISI-sponsored terror attack in Mumbai on September 26, 2011.

The vilification of the martyr has justifiably led to widespread criticism, including the IPS association of the country. However, the Prime Minister himself brazenly justified her nomination by projecting her as the symbol of thousands of years of religious, philosophical and civilizational values. Rarely have we seen a Constitutional functionary being so brazen in the politicization of alleged criminal activity. It is clear that with increasing disquiet of the people over the livelihood crisis, the BJP and the Prime Minister in their state of desperation are indulging in a no-holds barred attempt to polarize the electorate” , CPM said in the statement.

‘Hemant Karkare must be treated with respect’: Rahul Gandhi


Hemant Karkare, who died fighting terrorists during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, gave his life protecting India and he must be treated with respect, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

MEANWHILE, Congress has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise and take action against BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur who has termed 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare “anti-national” and claimed he died because she had cursed him for “torturing” her.

Meanwhile, Thakur retracted her statement hours after the BJP distanced itself from controversial remark saying it was her personal view.

Rahul Gandhi

Hemant Karkare gave his life protecting India. He must be treated with respect.

Congress media in-charge Randeep Surjewala said BJP’s “anti-national face” stands exposed with Thakur’s view towards soldiers who sacrificed their life for the country.

He alleged the prime minister was behind the remarks made against Karkare by Thakur.

IPS Association condemns Pragya Thakur ‘insulting’ remarks on Hemant Karkare

IPS Association


Staff Reporter / New Delhi

Indian Police Service (Central) Association today condemned ‘insulting statement’ made by Terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur against Ashok Chakra awardee late Hemant Karkare. It said that people must give respect to the people in uniform as they deserve.

In tweet the Association said “Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected”.

The Indian Police Service (IPS) constituted under Article 312 of the Constitution of India, is one of the three All India services, the other two being IAS and IFS. Its total Cadre strength is 4756 across 26 State/Joint Cadres




The BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Thakur today said that Karkare was killed because she had cursed him. Karkare had died fighting terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack. He was leading the probe into the Malegaon attack case.

A complaint was filed on Friday with the Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, for her comments on former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare. Thakur had said that Karkare was killed because she had cursed him.

“Complaint received against BJP Lok Sabha candidate for Bhopal, Pragya Singh Thakur, for her comments on 26/11 martyr (former Mumbai ATS Chief Hemant Karkare). Cognizance is taken. The matter is under enquiry,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer said.

Karkare had died fighting terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack. He was leading the probe into the Malegaon attack case.

“I called Hemant Karkare and asked him to let me go if there is no evidence (against me). He (Karkare) said that he will bring evidence but will not leave me. I told him — You will be ruined,” Sadhvi Thakur said in a video released by the news agency.

She added that Karkare had asked her if he should go to God to get proof of her conviction in the terror case. Responding to him, Thakur said that if he feels, he should go. After that the former ATS officer was killed, she claimed.

Karkare, along with senior police officials Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar, were killed outside Cama Hospital in south Mumbai after Ajmal Kasab and his partner Abu Ismail opened fire at their police van during the terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

राहुल गांधी ने साध्वी प्रज्ञा के बयान पर बोला हमला


कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी ने साध्वी प्रज्ञा के हेमंत करकरे को लेकर दिए बयान पर निशाना साधा है. राहुल गांधी ने बिना नाम लिए ट्वीट किया, ”हेमंत करकरे ने भारत की रक्षा करते हुए अपना जीवन बलिदान कर दिया. उनका सम्मान किया जाना चाहिए.’’वहीं कांग्रेस प्रवक्ता रणदीप सुरजेवाला ने विवादित टिप्पणी के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी से माफी की मांग की है. कांग्रेस ने कहा कि वह प्रज्ञा के खिलाफ निर्णायक कार्रवाई करें. पार्टी के मुख्य प्रवक्ता रणदीप सुरजेवाला ने यह आरोप भी लगाया कि प्रज्ञा के ‘अक्षम्य बयान’ से ‘अजमल कसाब के मित्र बीजेपी’ का ‘देशद्रोही चेहरा’ सामने आ गया है.

बीजेपी ने दी सफाई- साध्वी का निजी बयान
शहीद के अपमान पर हंगामा हुआ तो बीजेपी को भी सफाई देनी पड़ी. बीजेपी ने बयान जारी कर कहा, “बीजेपी का स्पष्ट मानना है कि स्वर्गीय हेमंत करकरे आतंकवादियों से बहादुरी से लड़ते हुए वीरगति को प्राप्त हुए. बीजेपी ने हमेशा उन्हें शहीद माना है. साध्वी का बयान निजी है जो उन्होंने सालों तक शारीरिक और मानसिक प्रताड़ना के कारण दिया होगा.”

आईपीएस एसोसिएशन ने की निंदा
साध्वी के बयान के बाद IPS एसोसिएशन ने निंदा की. आईपीएस एसोसिएशन ने ट्वीट किया, ”अशोक चक्र से सम्मानित शहीद हेमंत करकरे ने आतंकवाद से लड़ाई में अपना बलिदान दिया. IPS एसोसिएशन शहादत का अपमान करने वालों की निंदा करता है और मांग करता है कि सभी शहीदों का सम्मान होना चाहिए.”

विवादित बयान को साध्वी प्रज्ञा ने अब वापस ले लिया

मुंबई हमले के शहीद हेमंत करकरो लेकर दए विवादित बयान को साध्वी प्रज्ञा ने अब वापस ले लिया है. साध्वी ने एमपी के बैरसिया में कहा कि वह मेरी पीड़ा थी इसलिए कहा, मेरे शब्दों से दुश्मनों को बल मिलता है तो मैं अपना बयान वापस लेती हूं. उन्होंने ये भी कहा कि दुश्मन की गोली से मरने वाला सम्मानीय है. बता दें कि हेमंत करकरे को लेकर साध्वी ने कहा कि मैंने श्राप दिया जिसके बाद वो आतंकियों कि गोली से मरा.

साध्वी ने अपना बयान वापस लेते हुए कहा, ”वह मेरी व्यक्तिगत मेरी पीड़ा थी जो मैंने सुनाई थी. मेरे शब्दों से दुश्मनों को बल मिलता है तो मैं अपना बयान वापस लेती हूं.” हेमंत करकरे को शहीद मामने के सावल पर साध्वी प्रज्ञा ने कहा कि दुश्मन की गोली से कई शहीद होता है तो उसका सम्मान निश्चित है. साध्वी ने कहा कि मैं तभी माला पहनूंगी जब भारत माता को विजय माल पहनाऊंगी.

क्या है पूरा मामला?
प्रज्ञा मालेगांव विस्फोट मामले में आरोपी हैं. इस मामले की जांच करकरे के नेतृत्व में हुई थी. गौरतलब है कि 26 नवंबर 2008 को पाकिस्तान से आए आतंकवादियों ने मुंबई के कई स्थानों पर हमले किए थे. उसी दौरान करकरे और मुंबई पुलिस के कुछ अन्य अधिकारी शहीद हुए थे. शहीद हेमंत करकरे मालेगांव ब्लास्ट मामले की जांच कर रहे थे, जिसकी आरोपी साध्वी प्रज्ञा ठाकुर हैं. मालेगाव ब्लास्ट मामले में साध्वी प्रज्ञा 9 साल जेल में रही, इसी दौरान हेमंत करकरे ने उनसे पूछताछ की थी.