Sadhvi Pragya in trouble for remark on Hemant Karkare, Election Commission seeks reply within 24 hours

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sent a notice to BJPs Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, seeking a response over her remarks against former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief late Hemant Karkare. The EC has set a 24-hour deadline within which she has to respond. We got the report this morning and we are going to issue notices, which are returnable within 24 hours, to the organiser of the programme and the person who made the statement, Bhopal: A notice has been issued to Pragya Singh Thakur by District Election Officer and Collector under model code of conduct seeking an explanation from her for her comment on Late Hemant Karkare within a day. (File pic)\/cqnjQwRIRN Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, joined the BJP earlier this week and soon after was named partys candidate from Bhopal against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Thakur had claimed that 26\/11 martyr Karkare died because she had cursed him for torturing her. I told him he will be destroyed. A little over a month later Read | By fielding Sadhvi Pragya, BJP has made the election about Hindutva, not development Her remarks against Karkare raised a political storm on Friday with opposition parties attacking the BJP and the Congress demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the backlash grew, the BJP too distanced itself from her remarks, saying it was her personal view which she might have made due to years of physical and mental torture. Later in the evening, Sadhvi Pragya apologised for her comment that evoked sharp reactions from all the quarters. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi broke his silence on the issue and defended Thakurs candidature from Bhopal. In an interview to Times Now, PM Modi asked why no such questions were being asked when Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were contesting from the Amethi and Rae Bareli constituencies, respectively, despite being on