CPI Condemns Nomination of Pragya Singh
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on April 20, 2019 condemning the nomination of a terror-accused as a BJP candidate:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India strongly condemns the decision of the BJP to nominate Pragya Singh Thakur, a terror-accused, as a Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal. 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.
CPI appeals to people to defeat Pragya to defeat terrorism.
(S. Sudhakar Reddy)