Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Pragya Singh Thakur has put herself in a fresh controversy by her yet another controversial comment on the opposition. Pragya Thakur said on August 26, Monday, that the Opposition is using a ‘marak shakti‘ or ‘evil power’ or ‘black magic’ to harm BJP leaders and this evil power is what has caused the recent untimely deaths of former Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. BJP leaders Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Swaraj, on August 6. The fact is true that BJP leaders are victims of untimely deaths lately, however, Pragya’s claims need proofs to have space in anyone’s intellect.
“While I was contesting (the Lok Sabha) elections, a Maharaj ji told me that bad times are upon us and Opposition is up to something using some marak shakti against BJP. I later forgot what he said but now when I see our top leaders leaving us one by one, I am forced to think, wasn’t Maharaj ji right?” MP Sadhvi Pragya said, quoted news reports.
She said this at the state BJP office where she was addressing a condolence meeting for Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur. Gaur had died on August 20.
Pragya said that she forgot what the Maharaj told her as she had been moving in a crowd. “But now, when I see our top leaders Sushma ji, Babulal ji, Jaitley ji leaving us one by one after undergoing pain, I am forced to think, wasn’t it (what Maharaj said) right? It is true that our leadership is leaving us untimely,” the BJP MP, not a stranger to controversial remarks, said.
She, however, refused to talk on this issue when reporters asked her further questions on her claims. Meanwhile, the netizens couldn’t withhold themselves from commenting on Sadhvi’s statement. Some of them termed her comment as nonsense. Some suggested her to give the opposition ‘shrap’ as she had given to Hemant Karkare. This was, however, put down sarcastically. Some claimed that it is a deliberate ploy by her to seek attention.
Pragya, who defeated Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, has made many such remarks, landing her in controversies in the past. Lately, after winning her seat from Bhopal, while addressing a meeting of party workers in Madhya Pradesh, she said that she had not been elected to clean toilets and drains.
Sadhvi Pragya, was an accused in the Malegaon blast case, had called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot during the general election, for which the BJP had issued a showcause notice to her. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he would never be able to forgive her for her remarks.
Moreover, she made a remark that the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who got martyred by Pakistani terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai attack died because of her ‘curse’ on him. Sadhvi Pragya had claimed that it was because Karkare had physically abused her and she had put a “curse” on him, he died. She was, however, pushed to apologise for the statement by the party leadership. Pragya Thakur has been heard weeping with pain while recalling the alleged trauma and physical torture caused to her, allegedly, by the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare.