Fatima Rasool Siddique, Muslim candidate of BJP from Bhopal who had contested the Assembly elections from Bhopal North last year, said she will not campaign for Pragya Singh Thakur who is contesting from Bhopal for the Lok sabha elections.
Fatima says, Pragya Singh’s statements have been anti-Muslim and has hurt her as well as the Muslim community. The formed chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan from BJP had begun building rapport with the Muslims in MP but Pragya’s statements have been communal and spiteful against the Muslim community.
Pragya Singh is one of the main accused in the Malegaon blast in 2008 that killed 6 people and injured nearly 100 people. She has not yet been acquitted but is still fighting the election from Bhopal.
One of the victim’s father has complained to the HC to cancel her nomination.
Fatima, 35 years, is the daughter of congress leader Rasool Ahmed Siddique, who joined BJP in November 2018 when she contested the assembly elections. She lost her North Bhopal seat to another congress leader.
However, Fatima is ready to campaign for Pragya on the condition that she apologises to Muslims for hurting their sentiments.
Pragya Singh, in her interviews has called for a Dharm Yudh, has referred to the Babri mosque as ‘kalank’ while openly admitting that she was among the people who demolished the mosque, she has also spoken ill about the ATS chief Hemant Karkare who was martyred in the terror attack in Mumbai.
Fatima strongly feels such statements will divide the Hindu-Muslims which she does not approve of.
The polling in Bhopal is on May 12 and the results are likely to be out on May 23rd.