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Pragya Thakur as BJP candidate confirms Opposition charge that the fight is for idea of India

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Pragya Thakur as BJP candidate confirms Opposition charge that the fight is for idea of India

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Rajesh Sinha

It has come a full circle for RSS-BJP.

Nathu Ram Godse, the man who committed the first terrorist act in independent India by gunning down Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 1948, had had RSS links and which the RSS has always denied, saying he had left the organisation before committing the act. This, from an outfit that maintains no register or formal record of its members.

They, still, however, keep giving out statements from their various organs that people should also see why Gandhi ji was murdered.

A similar trend continued during subsequent killings by militant Hindutva elements. When Dara Singh burnt Graham Staines and his family alive, RSS and its affiliates denied he was ever associated with them, though their people said one should also see why the crime was committed.

When cases of ‘Hindutva terror’ or ‘saffron terror’ – as it was variously referred to for some time – came out, the RSS and BJP denied any links with the accused including ‘Sadhvi’ Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, but expressed sympathy with the accused and condemned the use of the label on terror, saying ‘terrorism has no religion’. It did not, though, prevent them from continuing to propagate that ‘every Muslim is not a terrorist but every terrorist is a Muslim’.

Now under the BJP led by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, right at the time of the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Pragya Thakur has been welcomed into the BJP, given membership and made the party candidate for membership of the top law-making body of the country with a Constitution whose basic structure makes it a socialist, secular, democratic republic.

It is not because she has been acquitted or given a clean chit that BJP decided on Pragya Thakur; it is because she is an accused in a Hindutva terror case.Thakur is an accused in the Malegaon bomb blast case of September 2008, which is being heard by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court.

This is stating the party agenda as clearly as was possible. It comes after repeated claims of India being a Hindu rashtra, various campaigns of cow protection and associated incidents of lynching, deliberately picking campaign issues problematic for minorities andregularly finding definitions of nationalism designed to exclude other communities.

After Narendra Modi government took over, among the institutions under threat, the criminal justice system has been compromised like never before. While cow lynching and other hate crimes peaked in this period, the police frequently would register criminal charges against the victims, protecting the attackers instead. Cases of Hindutva terror were weakened so that one by one, the accused have been discharged by courts, always on grounds of shoddy police investigation – Pragya Thakur included.

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A prime accused in Malegaon blast case, she is out on bail granted on grounds of health: that she was suffering from cancer and had become too weak to move around.

Now, as per ANI report, a Malegaon blast victim’s father has approached NIA court to bar Sadhvi Pragya Thakur from contesting Lok Sabha poll. The application has questioned her candidature before NIA court citing her health which was one of the reasons in her bail application.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday raised the same point to demand the cancellation of bail given to Pragya Singh Thakur after she was named an election candidate by the BJP.

Abdullah said that Thakur had been given bail on health grounds, and so, if she was fit enough to contest elections, she must be fit enough to be in jail too.

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“Since the BJP depends on the religion card when it is left with nothing else, they have now given mandate from Bhopal to someone who is not just a terror accused, but is on bail,” the National Conference leader told reporters after casting his vote in Srinagar. “If her health is not good enough to stay in jail, how can she be fit enough to fight polls?”

Late on Wednesday, Abdullah had called it a “mockery of the legal system” by the BJP. “A person, an under-trial, who stands accused of terrorism; out on bail on health grounds but clearly healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat,” he tweeted. “Hindutva rules!”

Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti had also lashed out at the BJP on Wednesday and tweeted, “Imagine the anger if I’d field a terror accused.”

In April 2017, the Bombay High Court had accepted Thakur’s bail plea, and had said that the offences alleged against her were grave but it cannot be said that there are reasonable grounds to believe that they were prima facie true.

According to a report in The Hindu, the court had also said that Thakur is a woman and had been in jail for more than eight years and was suffering from breast cancer. Her medical reports showed that she had become infirm and could not walk without support, the court had observed.

The Malegaon blast case was first probed by Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad. The NIA took over the case in 2011.

The NIA, in its chargesheet filed in 2016, said the witnesses on whose testimony a case was made out against her had retracted their statements. The court, however, rejected the NIA’s plea to drop charges against Thakur.

Her acquittal that BJP and Hindutva circles talk about was in a murder case of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, and it was due to shoddy investigation and lack of evidence produced in court.Joshi, once a close aide of the Sadhvi before they fell out over some dispute, was shot dead here on 29 December, 2007 in Audyogik Police station area in Dewas.

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Joshi, once a close aide of the Sadhvi before they fell out over some dispute, was shot dead here on 29 December, 2007 in Audyogik Police station area in Dewas.

In a stinging observation about NIA, (according to previous media reports), Judge Rajeev M Apteof the First Additional Sessions Court in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, acquitting Pragya Singh Thakur along with seven others the murder case, said [translated]:

“For reasons not known to the court, the Industrial Area Police of Madhya Pradesh Police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) appears prejudiced and have conducted a non-serious investigation in such a sensitive case like murder and have gathered weak and contradictory evidence. The evidence is inadequate to convict the accused.”

Apart from Pragya, Harshad Solanki, Rajendra Chaudhri, Lokesh Sharma, Vasudev Parmar and Anand Raj Kataria were accused of committing Joshi’s murder. Ramcharan and Jeetendra were accused of destroying the possibly incriminating evidence, the order stated.

The court said the state police and NIA conducted the probe with “prejudice” and produced “weak and self-contradictory evidences”.

In Samjhauta train blast case, while acquitting Aseemanand and some others, the trial court made similar observations about NIA failing to produce the most crucial pieces of evidence. Modi nevertheless went to town claiming that the acquittal exposed the alleged conspiracy hatched by the Congress to defame the Hindu community.

“How can the Congress be forgiven for insulting the Hindus in front of the world?” he asked audiences in his election rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, on April 1. “Weren’t you hurt when you heard the word ‘Hindu terror’?”

He added, rhetorically: “How can a community known for peace, brotherhood and harmony be linked with terrorism?…In the thousand years of history, not a single incident shows an act of Hindu terrorism.”

As some have pointed out earlier, Modi forgot that Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were killed by Hindu terrorists and that Gandhi’s assassin was strongly influenced by the ideology of the RSS.

Modi also ignored the fact that while Aseemanand and some of his co-accused did get acquitted in the Samjhauta train blasts case, other Hindu militants did get convicted in the larger conspiracy.

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Aseemanand was acquitted in Ajmer Dargah blast case with six others, giving them the “benefit of doubt”, but Devendra Gupta, Bhavesh Patel and Sunil Joshi were convicted under various sections, for “conspiracy, planting bombs and inciting religious sentiments”. The court awarded life sentences to two of them – Gupta and Patel, along with the late right-wing activist Sunil Joshi.

Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra, both RSS functionaries and accused as conspirators in the blasts cases, continue to be absconding.

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Samajwadi Party fields Lalu Yadav’s son-in-law Tej Pratap from Kannauj

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The Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded Tej Pratap Singh Yadav for the parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh, putting an end to rumours that its chief, Akhilesh Yadav, would contest from Kannauj.

Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and his spouse Dimple previously held the seat.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son-in-law is Tej Pratap, a former MP from Mainpuri and Akhilesh Yadav’s nephew. The former Mainpuri MP has tied the knot with Raj Laxmi Yadav, Lalu’s daughter.

Ranveer Singh, the brother of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, is the grandfather of Tej Pratap. From 2014 to 2019, he was the MP for Mainpuri.

In addition to Tej Pratap, the Yadav family is running for the Lok Sabha seats in Mainpuri, Azamgarh, Badaun, and Ferozabad.

In opposition to Neeraj Shekhar of the BJP, the Party has put up Sanatan Pandey of Ballia.

Pandey had previously run from this location in 2019 on the SP ticket, but Virendra Singh Mast of the BJP defeated him.

Son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, Neeraj Shekhar served as a member of parliament for the state of Rajasthan from 2007 to 2014, representing SP from Ballia, the seat his father had previously held.

Shekhar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2014 but lost the polls to his BJP opponent. After the SP decided not to field him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he left the party and joined the BJP, which promoted him to the Upper House of Parliament.

On June 1, elections will be held in the Ballia Lok Sabha constituency.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 62 of the 80 seats in the 2019 general elections. It also added two seats that its ally Apna Dal (S) won. Ten seats were won by Mayawati’s BSP and five by Akhilesh Yadav’s SP. In contrast, the Congress party managed to secure a mere one seat.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav on Monday lashed out PM Modi accsuing him of not having respect for the constitution.

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Lok Sabha elections: BJP candidate Mukesh Dalal wins from Surat after opponents remain out of fray

BJP’s Surat Lok Sabha candidate Mukesh Dalal has won the seat unopposed

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Mukesh Dalal is elected unopposed from Gujarat’s Surat Lok Sabha constituency after all other contenders withdrew their candidature.

Gujrat BJP chief CR Paatil took to hi social media account X, formerly Twitter, and congratulated Dalal for being elected unopposed.

This latest developmnet comes after the cancellation of two Congress candidates’ nominations on Sunday and the withdrawal of eight more on Monday.

The Congress candidate for the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, Nilesh Kumbhani, had his nomination form canceled since he was unable to produce even one of his three proposers before the election commissioner.

The differences in three proposers’ signatures on Kumbhani’s nomination form had drawn scrutiny from the BJP.

The Congress’s replacement candidate from Surat, Suresh Padsala, had his nomination form nullified as well, which eliminated the party from the race in the city.

Returning Officer Sourabh Pardhi issued an order stating that the four nomination forms that Kumbhani and Padsala had presented were refused because there were initially found differences in the proposers’ signatures, making them seem fake.

Pardhi’s order also mentioned that the proposers acknowledged having signed the forms themselves in their affidavits. It should be noted that Kumbhani’s three proposers were related to him.

Nilesh Kumbhani was given a day by the Returning Officer to submit his response following the proposers’ claim. The congressional candidate arrived at the polling place with his representative; however, none of his three proposers showed up.

According to the order, the Congress candidate’s attorney had requested that the camera tape be checked, and even their presence was not discovered.

Meanwhile, the Congress said that everyone was afraid of the government’s threat and accused the ruling BJP of being involved in dirty play.

Congress leader and activist Babu Mangukiya said that Kumbhani’s three proposers had been abducted, and he suggested that the Returning Officer look into this matter rather than the validity of the signed form.

According to Mangukiya, it was improper to cancel the form without first telechecking the signatures and determining whether or not the proposers’ signatures were accurate.

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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