After a couple of days of explosive election campaign by BJP nominee Sadhvi Pragya Singh, now she seems to have cooled down and controlled her venomous speeches.
For the past two days, she has not uttered anything objectionable that could attract notice by Election Commission. However, prior to this, she had already aggravated the situation and an FIR had been registered against her for inciting religious feelings at Kamla Nagar police station.
On Saturday, a number of BJP leaders and former C hief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan admonished her at the State BJP headquarters. The advice seems to have gone down well with the sadhvi who seemed more subdued in last couple of days, answering media queries with patience and avoiding queries which can kick up trouble.
Besides, sources said that RSS volunteers have also come forward to control the situation and has deputed some senior volunteers who would be around the sadhvi when she moves around as part of her campaigning.
On Monday, a new team was also constituted to take care of Thakur’s campaign and sitting MP Alok Sanjar has been deputed as her public relations in charge and in his absence, former minister Umashankar Gupta would be taking care of the responsibility.
The earlier team mostly comprising of Vishwa Hindu Parishad volunteers had reportedly been dismantled on the instructions of the RSS office-bearers.
As part of the plan, RSS volunteers, some of whom hail to different parts of the country, would be around the sadhvi 24x7 to keep a tab on her public and media interaction. Besides, two senior BJP leaders would also accompany her during campaigns.
The BJP is also planning to highlight Thakur’s custodial woes to gain support for her, while the Election Commission of India is yet to pronounce a verdict on Thakur’s remarks on Hemant Karkare.
In her reply, the sadhvi had called her outburst a description of her sufferings and blamed the media for presenting the statement with negativity.