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Hope "peaceful" Bhopal will "attract" you: Digvijay to Sadhvi

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Hours after the BJP fielded activist Sadhvi against him from Bhopal, Wednesday took a dig at her, saying he hoped she will be "attracted" by the "peaceful and dignified" environment of the capital city.

Thakur, facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, will take on Singh in the constituency, a BJP citadel.

The stalwart took to micro-blogging site to "welcome" the right-wing activist, who spent several years in jail before being granted bail in 2017.

Singh said he hoped the "peaceful and dignified" environment of would "attract" the

"I welcome Sadhvi Pragyaji in and hope that the picturesque city's peaceful, educated and dignified environ would attract you," the former tweeted.

"I pray to (goddess) Narmada for Sadhviji and seek blessing from Narmadaji (holy river) so that we all walk the path of truth, non-violence and religion. Narmada Har (glory be to the Narmada)," Singh said in another tweet.

The sadhvi became the face of right-wing extremism after being arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad in the blast case.

On December 27, 2017, a special had dropped stringent charges under the Control of Organised Crime Act against Thakur and other accused.

Six persons were killed and 101 were injured when an improvised strapped on a motorcycle went off at Malegaon in district of on September 29, 2008.

Born in district of Madhya Pradesh, Thakur has had a long association with the RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP.

A post-graduate in history, she worked with the RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Durga Vahini, the women's wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

The high-profile poll battle between Thakur and Singh, a known RSS basher, will be close watched.

The Bhopal constituency, which has over 18 lakh voters, including 4.5 lakh from the minority community, will go to the polls on May 12.

The BJP has been winning the seat since 1989. Alok Sanjar is the sitting from the constituency.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:45 IST