Former Indian Civil Servants Demand Withdrawal of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s Nomination from Bhopal

Written by SabrangIndia | Published on: April 24, 2019
Group of former civil servants of the All India and Central Services have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing him to cancel the nomination of his party’s candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur owing to an on-going enquiry against her in the 2008 Malegaon Blast Case. The letter has been signed by 71 retired officials.


The ex-officials have expressed their sharp disapproval of the ruling party’s decision to nominate a terror accused who soon after her nomination passed some controversial and communal statements. The letter reads, “We write to express our disbelief and dismay at the candidature of Pragya Thakur for the Bhopal LokSabha seat. This decision could have been dismissed as yet another example of political expediency but for the enthusiastic endorsement by no less a person than the Prime Minister of India, who has termed her candidature as a symbol of our civilisational heritage.”

The former civil servants have also condemned Thakur’s remarks on former ATS chief HemantKarkare who was martyred in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. On April 19, at a rally in Bhopal, Thakur had claimed that Karkare died because of her curse. HemantKarkare was leading investigations into the Malegaon blast case where Thakur is one of the key accused. Her comments have drawn scathing criticism from several quarters, especially the IPS Association that tweetedsaying,“Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri HemantKarkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected."

The letter also urges all citizens to join the ex-officials in condemning unequivocally, the statement of Pragya Thakur; Demanding that the BJP withdraw her candidature; Reminding the Prime Minister of his oath to uphold Constitutional values and appealing to him to take the lead in putting an end to the climate of fear and intimidation and communal viciousness that seems to be permeating the entire electoral process.

SadhviPragya Thakur is currently facing trial for terror charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act: Sections 16 (committing terrorist act) and 18 (conspiring to commit terrorist act) and under the IPC for murder, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity between communities. Fielding of such a candidate who is infamous for her communal activism and who has such grave criminal charges reflects the ruling party’s sole agenda of promoting its Hindutva ideology.
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