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At ‘auspicious time’, BJP’s Pragya Thakur files her nomination from Bhopal

Pragya Thakur, who had been named as an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, had earlier announced that she will file her poll documents on Tuesday but decided to submit them on Monday

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 22, 2019 15:43 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Pragya Thakur is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.
Pragya Thakur is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.(PTI)
         

Pragya Thakur, the BJP’s candidate for the Bhopal parliamentary constituency, filed her nomination papers on Monday as priests chanted mantras inside the collector’s office in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.

Pragya Thakur, who had been named as an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, had earlier announced that she will file her poll documents on Tuesday but decided to submit them on Monday.

“I will file another set of nomination papers on Tuesday. Today, I filed the nomination papers as per ‘muhurt’ (auspicious time),” she said while speaking to reporters.

She is pitted against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, where polling will be held during the sixth phase on May 12.

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She said she would like to request the collector to come downstairs to receive her nomination forms on Tuesday as she had a lot of difficulty in climbing up the stairs.

Eleven pundits were called by the BJP to recite mantras at the collector office’s while Thakur filed her nomination papers. She was accompanied by sitting member of Parliament from Bhopal Alok Sanjar and a number of BJP leaders and workers.

Earlier, some party workers said Thakur, who joined the Bharatiya Janata party earlier this month, has kept a ‘maun vrat’ or a vow of silence.

Thakur has been under fire for saying that Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 terror attacks because she had cursed him for “torturing” her in custody when he probed the Malegaon blast as Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad chief. She retracted the statement after it drew severe criticism.

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Thakur is among the seven accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which six people were killed. She was arrested as the motorcycle used in the blast was registered in her name.

She was issued a show-cause notice by the Election Commission for her comments, saying they violated the model code of conduct. The poll body also issued a second notice to her for her remark expressing “extreme pride” at her role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.

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