APPEAL: WITHDRAW TERROR ACCUSED PRAGYA THAKUR'S NOMINATION AS BJP'S BHOPAL LS CANDIDATE

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APPEAL FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF TERROR ACCUSED SADHVI PRAGYA SINGH THAKUR'S CANDIDATURE FOR BHOPAL LOK SABHA ELECTIONS

The BJP on 17-04-2019 named Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, as its Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal. This is the first time a major political party in India is giving ticket to someone accused of terrorism. Thakur is under trial under stringent sections of The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in a Mumbai court, and is out on bail citing 'health grounds'.

In April 2017, she was granted bail by the Bombay High Court where she claimed she had become infirm owing to breast cancer and was not receiving adequate treatment. However, in 2019 she is fit enough to not only resume public life but also contest elections. 

We as concerned and law abiding citizens of India consider BJP's nomination of a person accused of masterminding terrorist attacks against Muslims as the latest affront in its war against the minority community. It is intended to communicate to core supporters of Hindutva fanatics that it has their back and is ready to galvanise them further to whip up Hindu polarisation. 

The very act of her nomination should be seen as perpetrating violence and injustice to the families of terror victims, but more importantly, as an attack on Indian democracy and a vicious attempt to subvert the rule of law. 

It's our urgent appeal to civil society in India – activists, academics, journalists, students, artists and writers – to come together in demanding that BJP withdraws Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's candidature for Bhopal in the upcoming elections. We reject Hindu terror accused Pragya Thakur as our representative and a potential parliamentarian at all cost, and perceive this act of fielding her by the BJP as yet another blatant attempt to intimidate Muslims and violate the rights and liberties of minorities in India.

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For more details, read:

1. https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/sadhvi-pragya-thakur-digvijaya-singh-bjp-bhopal-lok-sabha-elections-malegaon-case-ajmer-dargah-blast-5681180/

2. https://www.newsclick.in/Sadhvi-Pragya-Elections-2019-Malegaon-Blast-Case-Bail