Proud of Babri Masjid demolition, says BJP’s Pragya

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Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Bhopal parliamentary consituency in Madhya Pradesh Sadhvi Pragya Thakur said on Sunday that she takes pride in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
“We do not regret but are proud of demolishing the Babri Masjid. We removed the waste from our Lord Ram’s temple,” she said in a TV interview.
“We will now build a grand Lord Ram temple there.”
Thakur has been mired in controversy since she made a remark last week about Hemant Karkare, the senior police officer who was killed in the attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, saying that he died as she “cursed” him for torturing her.
As a result, the Election Commission on Saturday served her a notice and has been given 24 hours to respond.
After getting the EC show-cause notice, Thakur said she stood by her remark and that the notice would be replied to in accordance with the law.
In the notice issued by the Bhopal District Election Officer and Collector Sudam Khade Saturday night, a clarification has been sought over Thakur’s remark.
An EC official on Sunday said Thakur has to reply to the notice in one day.
In her television interaction, Thakur had said, “Ram Mandir hum banayenge aur bhavya banayenge, hum todne gaye the dhancha, maine chadhkar toda tha dhancha, iss par mujhe bhayankar garv hai. Mujhe Ishwar ne shakti di thi humne desh ka kalank mitaya hai (A grand Ram temple will be built. I had gone to demolish the structure and had climbed atop it to break the structure. I am tremendously proud of it. God gave me strength to wipe off a blot on this country).”
The EC notice stated that it was a violation of chapter 4 of the model code of conduct, which pertains to maintenance of harmony between castes, communities, religious, linguistic groups.
Reacting to the notice, Thakur told reporters on Sunday, “…I am not backtracking. The structure was demolished and a grand temple would be constructed. Nobody can stop me from constructing a grand temple.”
In reply to another question, she said, “What disputed structure? We will construct grand Ram temple, will reconstruct it.”
—PTI

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