Pragya Thakur's election from Bhopal challenged in HC

Pragya Thakur's election from Bhopal challenged in HC

Bhopal: A petition has been filed before Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday, challenging election of Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur alleging that she whipped up communal sentiments during election campaign in Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.

Senior journalist Rakesh Dixit has filed the election petition in his capacity as a voter from the Bhopal constituency, alleging that she flagrantly violated model code of conduct by declaring the campaign as a dharma yudh.

Thakur had won the Bhopal seat with a huge margin of more than 3 lakh votes by trouncing Congress stalwart and former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.

Talking to Onmanorama, Dixit said he was upset that the BJP candidate valorized Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse and berated Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who laid down his life fighting terrorists in 2008.

The Bhopal seat shot to limelight across the country after the BJP pitted Thakur against Digvijaya, who was entering electoral arena after a self-imposed exile of 15 years. The choice of Thakur from this seat in central India has turned into most keenly-watched election in the country. The seat, considered a traditional BJP stronghold, was won, among others, by party biggies like former Chief Ministers Uma Bharti and Kailash Joshi. The seat remained with the BJP since 1989 and K N Pradhan was the last Congress leader who had won the seat in 1984.

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