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BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya to take on Cong’s Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal

The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, facing trial in the Malegaon blasts case, from the Bhopal parliamentary constituency, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.

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The BJP on Wednesday fielded Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, facing trial in the Malegaon blasts case, from the Bhopal parliamentary constituency, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.

Ms. Thakur, who is out on bail, joined the BJP only hours before her name was announced as the Bhopal candidate, underscoring the party’s attempt to bring the Hindutva plank at the centre stage of polls in the high-profile constituency, which has been its bastion for many elections.

An NIA (National Investigation Agency) court had dropped charges against her under the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) but she and other co-accused are still facing other charges in the malegaon blasts case.

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