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'Her personal view', says BJP about Sadhvi Pragya's remark on Hemant Karkare
(SAI Bureau) New Delhi: The BJP on Friday distanced itself from the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who claimed that 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare died because she had cursed him for "torturing" her. Hemant Karkare, a former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief, was martyred fighting terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. He was also leading the probe into the Malegaon attack.The remarks of the BJP candidate for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat evoked strong reactions from all quarters. While the IPS association condemned + Sadhvi Pragya's statement, the Congress demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As opposition parties used the remarks to hit out at the BJP, the party issued a statement distancing itself from Sadhvi Pragya's statement. "The BJP is of the clear view that late Hemant Karkare died bravely fighting the terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr. The statement of Sadhvi Pragya in this context + is her personal opinion, possibly due to the years of physical and mental torture that she faced," the BJP statement said. Earlier today, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the remark was an insult to every soldier who has sacrificed his life for the country while fighting terrorism. "Modi ji, only BJP leaders can commit the crime of declaring 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare a traitor," Surjewala said on Twitter."This is an insult to every Indian soldier who has sacrificed his life for Mother India while fighting terrorism. Apologise to the country and take action against Pragya," he added. Addressing a gathering of BJP workers on Thursday, Thakur said Karkare committed an anti-national act by falsely implicating her in the Malegaon blast case and keeping her behind bars without evidence.
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