Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur on Thursday, April 18, accused the Congress of being anti-Hindu and said the party harassed a woman by linking Hindus with terrorism.
Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which seven people were killed. She was in jail for nine years and is presently out on bail.
She joined the BJP on Wednesday and, thereafter, the saffron party announced her as its candidate against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
Addressing a press conference here, Thakur said: “The Congress has linked Hindus with terrorism, called them terrorists and harassed a woman. The names that I was given and the way I was tortured… How do I believe this won’t be repeated with other women in the future?”
Recount her torture in jail, she became emotional and broke into tears.
She said she would be beaten up throughout the night and denied food for days. “I was made to surlive on just water for several days.”
To questions about her Congress opponent asking for proof of her harassment, Thakur said: “I don’t say things without evidence. I am a living example of Congress’ conspiracies and illegal activities. And if Digvijaya Singh is asking for proof for all this, he will be given proof. I will take my case to the public and even give evidence of my torture.”
Thakur will file her nomination on April 23.