Javed Akhtar tears into Pragya for her remarks on Babri Masjid demolition

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Veteran Lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar on Thursday took a swipe at BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur over her comments on Babri Masjid demolition.

“It is shameful that BJP chose to field Sadhvi Pragya from this seat. If they wanted, they could have fielded her from a place where people are uneducated,” said Akhtar while addressing media persons here.

His comments come after Malegaon blast accused Thakur on April 21 had said that she is “proud” to accept that she was involved in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

Sharpening his attack on the BJP, he said: “Their decision to field Pragya from Bhopal shows how low they think of the people of the city.”

He also said that when the “government and religion mix together, democracy does not see the light of the day.”

Swiping at BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, saying that just because a person dresses like a sant doesn’t necessarily mean the person is a sant.

“Don’t go by her appearance. Just because a person looks like a sant doesn’t mean the person is a sant. Don’t forget that when Ravana came to abduct Sita, he too was dressed like a sant,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

Thakur is among the seven accused, facing trial in Malegaon blast case in which six people were killed and a dozen others were injured when a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded on September 29, 2008. 

Stating that BJP’s selection of candidate shows the party thinks the people of Bhopal are insignificant, Akhtar said: “BJP is full of good people. Yet she is what you chose for Bhopal? You (BJP) should have looked for a place which is inhabited by illiterate, communal people and made her contest from there.”

Akhtar also asserted that a democracy can only flourish if there is a clear demarcation between the state and religion.

“It is your religion. Keep it to yourself and be happy. Don’t mix it with politics. You can pick up a world and see that in the countries where state and religion work together, democracy can never work. Look at the Middle-East and Latin America,” he said.

Akhtar praised BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but he clearly stated that he dislikes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his “assistant” Amit Shah.

When asked if he sees Rahul Gandhi as a PM candidate, he promptly said: “No.” “Till now Rahul hasn’t done anything to prove that he can be a good PM,” said Akhtar.

So far six Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh have gone to polls, while remaining 23 will go to polls during three phases of the polling on May 6, 12, and 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)