Pragya Thakur Calls Media 'Dishonest'; Journalists Demand Apology

The Quint
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addresses the media in Bhopal,

Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur has again courted controversy with her remarks after she called media persons in the district "dishonest", drawing the ire of local journalists who demanded that she apologise and asked the BJP to expel her.

Thakur made these comments on Tuesday when local reporters sought her reaction on various issues in the state ruled by the Congress.

"I am speaking now, hear your praise. All media persons in Sehore are beimaan (dishonest)," Thakur said while laughing.

While the remarks were apparently made in a lighter vein, the media persons were not amused and a group of journalists later submitted a memorandum to the local administration demanding that she apologise for her remarks that have "angered" the fraternity.

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The memorandum addressed to the prime minister also demanded that she be expelled from the BJP and stripped of her Lok Sabha membership.

Responding to a query on ongoing rains in the state at another place, she said, "Since Sadhvi has entered (politics) it has rained heavily".

Thakur had visited Sehore, which is part of the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, to distribute fruits to mark the 69th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case who is currently on bail, had defeated her closest Congress rival Digvijaya Singh in her maiden election in May this year.

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