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Deepak Tiwari

Hunger strike

Sadhvi Pragya allowed to attend Kumbh Mela

Sadhvi-Pragya-fast Sadhvi Pragya | PTI
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a nationalist and she has full faith on the judicial system of country—Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur

Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who was on a fast-unto-death demanding to take a holy dip in the Kshipra river during the Kumbh Mela at Ujjain, ended her strike after a Dewas court granted her the permission.

Amid huge police security, she was taken to Ujjain on Wednesday morning. Upon reaching, she first visited the camp of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Speaking to media, she said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a nationalist and she has full faith on the judicial system of country.”

On Tuesday, first class additional sessions judge Rajiv Apte directed the Madhya Pradesh Police to make arrangements for the travel of Thakur from the Bhopal prison, where she is currently lodged in connection with the murder of RSS leader Sunil Joshi.

Thakur, who is recuperating from cancer in a hospital under jail supervision, had gone on fast-unto-death, demanding to take a holy dip the Kshipra river and to meet her Guru. Earlier this month she had applied for an interim bail to visit Ujjain.

Although, the court had rejected the her bail application, it has accepted her plea to be allowed to visit Ujjain. The NIA has given a clean chit to Thakur in the Malegaon Bomb blast case

Who is Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur?

Pragya Singh Thakur always nurtured ambitions of becoming a famous politician. To achieve this Thakur, now known to the world as Sadhvi Pragya, took to student politics as a youngster and then joined an NGO. Later, she became a full-time worker of political outfit and finally became saint.

Born in 1971 in Bhind district of Chambal region as the third of the five children of Ayurveda practitioner Chandra Pal Singh, Pragya alias Sadhvi Purnachetnanada Giri alias Pragya Bharti always wanted to become a celebrity and a popular politician like Uma Bharti.

Ambitious, feisty and boyish with charming personality, Pragya wanted to look extraordinary right from her college days when she was student of Laxmibai College of Physical Education, Gwalior.

To fulfill her dreams, she got in touch with the right wing activists of Chambal region who introduced her into politics. She soon became a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS.

During her college days, she became a full-time member of the ABVP and was even made the national executive member at the behest of a BJP leader of Madhya Pradesh.

Pragya worked as organisation secretary for almost five years in Bhopal, where she was promoted by Arvind Singh Bhadoria, a former ABVP leader and now a BJP MLA.

A Judo-Karate expert, 45 year old Sadhvi had even toyed the idea of contesting assembly polls on a BJP ticket in 1998 from Mehgaon assembly seat in Bhind. She was also member of RSS Durgavahini, its women's wing.

In 2003, she trained women in Ujjain in shooting and fencing. Although she courted controversy with that move, the right wing organisations honoured her by presenting her with a sword at a public event.

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