As the backlash grew, the party issued a statement to clarify its position and distanced itself from the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.
Soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial remark over the then chief of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad Hemant Karkare, who was killed in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the party’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate has offered an apology. “I take back my statement and apologise for it,” Sadhvi Pragya said.
“If my remarks made enemies happy, then I take my words back, and I apologise too. Our remarks shouldn’t make enemies happy. The pain I went through, it can’t be reversed. Hemant Karkare died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr,” she told news agency ANI.
Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP LS candidate from Bhopal, on her statement on Mumbai ATS Chief late Hemant Karkare: I felt that the enemies of the country were being benefited from it, therefore I take back my statement and apologize for it, it was my personal pain. pic.twitter.com/j7pzrKf6G5
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019
Sadhvi Pragya’s apology came after her remarks evoked strong reactions from all quarters. As the backlash grew, the party issued a statement to clarify its position and distanced itself from the remarks of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. The BJP said that it has always considered Karkare a martyr. “BJP considers him a martyr. This is Sadhvi Pragya’s personal statement which she might have given because of the mental & physical torture she had faced,” it said in a statement.
Addressing BJP party workers on Thursday night, the BJP’s Bhopal candidate claimed that 26/11 martyr Karkare died because she had cursed him for torturing her. “He tortured me and subjected me to harsh abuse which was unbearable. I told him he will be destroyed. A little over a month later ‘sutak’ (ritual observed after death of a family member) was going to start…just over a month later, he was shot dead by terrorists and the inauspicious period ended,” she had said.
Pragya has been facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case under the criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.