Hours after the BJP fielded Hindutva activist Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur against him from Bhopal, Congress leader Digvijay Singh Wednesday took a dig at her, saying he hoped she will be "attracted" by the "peaceful and dignified" environment of the capital city.
"I pray to Maa (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 Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in the blast case.
Born in Bhind 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 Lok Sabha 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 MP from the constituency.
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