Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP's MP from Bhopal, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case has been nominated to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence. Thakur will be part of the 21-member consultative committee, which is headed by defence minister Rajnath Singh. The BJP MP who is currently under trial for multiple charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was granted bail by the Bombay high court on health grounds in April 2017 in the Malegaon blasts case that killed six people, injuring over hundred.
Pragya Thakur defeated Congress stalwart and former chief minister Digvijay Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha Constituency.
During her campaigning days, the Malegaon blast accused had stirred a controversy that former Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him for treating her “very badly” while she was in custody in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. “Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me. He died of his karma. I told him, he will be destroyed. I told him his entire dynasty will be erased. Maine kaha tera (Karkare) sarvanash hoga,” she had said.
Pragya had also instilled some controversy during her oath-taking ceremony in the Lok Sabha. The Malegaon blast accused took oath in Sanskrit and ended it with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan. Later, BJP members continued to raise 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogans, teasing the Opposition. They started raising slogan after oath taking by every BJP member. Pragya Thakur defeated Congress stalwart and former chief minister Digvijay Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha Constituency.
Previously, Thakur was rebuked by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. At that time, she had termed Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as ‘real patriot’. Pm Modi had said that he could never forgive her from his heart for that remark.