Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Digvijaya Singh targeted PM Modi over Pulwama, Pathankot and Uri attacksBhopal: Digvijaya Singh, senior Congress leader and party candidate contesting from Bhopal parliamentary seat, on Saturday, took a swipe at opponent and BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, stating that surgical strikes wouldn’t have been needed, if she had “cursed” Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.Addressing an election rally in his constituency, Digvijaya Singh said: “Pragya Thakur says she had cursed ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who had made supreme sacrifice for the country and is considered a martyr. There would have been no need of surgical strikes if she had cursed Masood Azhar.”Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, had said Hemant Karkare had died because of her “curse”, a statement that was widely condemned.She had been arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad on terror charges and Hemant Karkare headed the ATS at that time. Painful memories of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people died, were revived as Pragya Thakur made the reference to the late senior police officer, who died in the line of duty when terror struck the city in 2008. Many central BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the fielding of Pragya Thakur as the BJP candidate from Bhopal. The Prime Minister said it was a symbolic answer to all those who “falsely labeled the rich Hindu civilization as terrorist and asserted that “this symbol will prove costly for the Congress.”Taking on the Prime Minister, Digvijaya Singh said: ” PM Modi had said that terrorists were hunted even when they were hiding in hell. But I want to ask him where was he when Pulwama, Pathankot and Uri terror attacks happened in the country. Why we were not able to get rid of such attacks?”The Congress veteran further said that Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Christians are brothers. “These people say Hindus should get united as they are in danger. I want to tell them that this country was ruled by Muslims for 500 years. No harm was done to any religion. Be careful of those people who sell religion,” he said.”In our religion, we say ‘Har Har Mahadev’. But our religious sentiments were hurt by the BJP when they say ‘Har Har Modi’. We all know whose photo will appear on the screen if we type ”feku” (liar) on Google,” he added. Targeting former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Bhopal Congress candidate said: “Mama got scared when my candidature from Bhopal was announced. Uma Bharti refused to contest, Gaur said he is not well. However, just a day before the last date of filing nominations, they (BJP) announced the candidature of Pragya Thakur from Bhopal.”Bhopal votes on May 12 in penultimate phase. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.(With inputs from ANI and PTI)Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.
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