Pragya Singh Thakur

Profession: Politician

Father of Pragya Singh Thakur

C.P. Thakur

Mother of Pragya Singh Thakur

Sarla Devi

Controversies of Pragya Singh Thakur

On 29 September 2008, three bombs went off in the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Two of them exploded near a Mosque in Malegaon, a city in Maharashtra in which 6 people were killed and more than 100 got injured. Sadhvi Pragya was arrested and got accused of it; she was imprisoned for 9 years. However, after the trial, she was given a clean chit and acquitted of all charges in 2017.   BJP MLA, Sunil Joshi proposed her to marry but she refused and later, Sunil Joshi was shot dead in December 2007. She along with seven others was held responsible for the murder and was arrested soon. Later, she was freed from the charge in 2017.   She remains in limelight for her controversial and provocative speeches. During a speech in Gujarat in 2018, she referred to Sonia Gandhi as 'Italy Wali Bai' (Maid from Italy).   During the campaigning for the 2019 General Election, she was banned by the election commission from campaigning for 72 hours. The ban was imposed on her because she was seeking votes on religious lines because of which she breached the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). She made a comment on Babri Mosque demolition. She said, "We removed a blot from the country. We went to demolish the structure. I feel extremely proud that God gave me this opportunity and I could do that. We will make sure a Ram temple is constructed at that site."   In May 2019, she termed Nathuram Godse (Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi) a patriot. On her comment, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said that he would never be able to forgive Pragya Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.   In July 2019, Pragya Thakur said to BJP workers at Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, "We haven't been elected to clean your drains, ok? We haven't been elected to clean your toilets, please understand. The work for which I have been elected, I will do honestly, I have said that before and I will say it again." Over this comment, she was denounced heavily by the party.   In August 2019, she stoked a controversy by saying that the opposition was using 'Marak Shakti' to harm BJP leaders. Her statement came after the demise of prominent politicians like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj in a single month.  

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