Fielding Pragya Thakur a tactical mistake, will cost BJP: NCP gen secy

Thakur will be part of the 21-member committee headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Photo: PTI/File

Fielding Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur in the Lok Sabha elections is a “tactical mistake” of the BJP, NCP general secretary Jitendra Awhad said here on April 27.

Thakur was fielded from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency against Congress Digvijay Singh to cover up failures of the Narendra Modi government, he said. “Fielding her is a tactical mistake for which they will have to pay a heavy price. This country’s structure is secular and people don’t like absolute right-wingers and hate-mongers,” he said.

The BJP thinks people have forgotten the Rafale scam, highly inflation and job losses and will support its “hardcore Hindutva agenda” as Prime Minister Modi does not talk about everyday issues, he said, adding that the saffron party won’t get more than 220 seats.

The NCP leader termed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s interview with Modi a “publicity stunt”, saying it will not benefit the Prime Minister. “Akshay Kumar is an excellent artist, but what outstanding academic credentials he has? This interview showed Modi’s insecurity,” he said.

To a question about Modis and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis jibes at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar over fielding Pawars grand-nephew Parth Pawar from Maval seat, Awhad said a sanctity should be maintained by leaders when talking about others’ private lives.

“Pawar doesnt differentiate between Jitendra Awhad and Ajit Pawar (Parths father and NCP leader). Do we ask Modi why he shunted out L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi so unceremoniously?” he said. On Raj Thackeray’s campaign against the Modi government, Awhad said the MNS chief has “won the hearts of people”.

“We might have differences on several issues but our enemy is fascism, not Modi. The advent of fascism will kill democracy. Whoever fights fascism is a friend,” the NCP leader said.

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