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BJP MP Pragya Thakur arrive to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting at Parliament House, in New Delhi

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BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses party workers after paying tribute to party leaders late Arun Jaitley and Babulal Gaur during a condolence meeting organised at BJP office, in Bhopal.

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BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur arrives for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur arrives to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting, in New Delhi.

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BJP National Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan with party's Bhopal Member of Parliament Pragya Singh Thakur during meeting, in Bhopal

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BJP National Vice President Shivraj Singh Chouhan with party MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and others pay tributes after the recent rape case of an 8-yr-old girl, during a condolence meeting, in Bhopal.

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BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur consoles the mother of the 8-year- old girl child who was allegedly killed after being raped, in Bhopal.

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Newly-elected BJP MP from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur displays the victory sign after her win in the Lok Sabha elections at party's state headquarters in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur collects her victory certificate after declaration of result for Lok Sabha elections at old Central Jail, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, show her finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Bhopal.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur during the BJP Mahila Morcha meeting, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate from Bhopal seat Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur performs rituals at Lord Parshuram Temple on the occasion of Parshuram Jayanti, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur meets former CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh at their residence after the end of her 72 hours ban on campaignning for Lok Sabha elections, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur waves at supporters during her election campaign for Lok Sabha polls, at Sewaniya Gond in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate from Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur offers prayers at a temple, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate from Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur pays tribute to the martyred soldiers at Shaurya Smarak, in Bhopal. The Election Commission on Wednesday, May 01, 2019, barred Thakur from campaigning for 72 hours for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition.

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BJP candidate from Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur during her election campaign roadshow in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate from Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur offers prayers at Durga Temple, in Bhopal. The Election Commission barred Thakur from campaigning for 72 hours for her remarks on former ATS chief Hemant Karkare and Babri mosque demolition.

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BJP candidate for Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur meets Lok Sabha Speaker and BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, at BJP headquarters in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate for Bhopal constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is being garlanded during an election campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, at Neelbad in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, during an election campaign, in Bhopal.

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BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur files her nomination papers for Lok Sabha elections, in Bhopal.

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The 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur leaves the special NIA court after she was charged for terror conspiracy, murder, and other related offenses, in Mumbai.

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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addressing the media in Bhopal after being granted bail in Malegaon blasts case.

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Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur being produced in a court in Bhopal in connection with Sunil Joshi murder case.

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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, prime accused in the Malegaon blast case, is produced in the court in Bhopal in connection with RSS worker Sunil Joshi murder case.

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Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur at the Indore airport before leaving for Mumbai. Pragya Thakur was brought to Madhya Pradesh in connection with the murder of RSS activist Sunil Joshi.

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Crimson tide Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur

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BJP has always asked for tough laws and action against terrorists. And now, ironically, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the 10 people arrested for their alleged involvement in the September 29 Malegaon blast. The Sections applied are 3(1)(i), which provides for a death penalty if the crime had led to death of an individual, 3(2) for life imprisonment for conspirators or abettors and 3(4) which provides for a minimum sentence of five years for anyone who is a member of the organised crime syndicate. Meanwhile, the PM is supposed to have called BJP leader LK Advani to tell him that he is upset with religious labels for terror, and that he doesn't believe in "Hindu" or "Islamic terror". Advani had said: "I read her[Pragya Singh Thakur's] affidavit and was shocked to find out that in a country like India where saints are respected and where we take pride in our rule of law and democracy such barbaric treatment has been meted out to a sadhvi." Also See: Hindutva Terror

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Monday November 3, 2008
The BJP tied itself up into knots over the issue of Sadhvi Pragya Singh and two other accused in the Malegaon blast case - Shivnarayan Singh Kalsangram and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu, who have been remanded to judicial custody till November 17 by a Nashik court. While Uma Bharati has offered a party ticket to the Sadhvi and Bal Thackeray has come out in her support, the BJP after first saying that the law should take its own course, is now speaking in many voices: questioning whether the narco-analysis tests on the Sadhvi were legal and authorised, whether she is being framed and such like. Also See: A Myth Blasted?

Saturday October 25, 2008
And suddenly terror had a Hindutva face: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a 38-year-old former office-bearer of BJP's student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was arrested as an accused in the Malegaon blasts of September 29 that killed six persons. She has been arrested along with two retired army officers Ramesh Shivji Upadhyay and Sameer Kulkarni, who were accused of "a part of the larger conspiracy" and played a "major role" in the Malegaon blast. The BJP suddenly doesn't know where to hide or what to say as photographs and photographs of the Sadhvi with various important BJP party office-bearers are freely doing the rounds.

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