Pragya Thakur Wins by Over 3 Lakh Votes in Bhopal
The BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur has won by over 3 lakh votes against Congress' Digvijay Singh in Bhopal, as the saffron party is ahead on 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress, which wrested power from the BJP in the Assembly polls last year, is leading in only one seat.
BJP candidates are leading by over four lakh votes in Indore, Khajuraho, Hoshangabad and Vidisha. Its candidates are ahead by over three lakh votes in Betul, Dewas, Jabalpur, Rajgarh, Shahdol and Ujjain.
Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, earlier this week apologised for controversial remarks and set out to observe silence to do some "soul searching".
She had last week lauded Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot", sparking furious debate in the last lap of the seven-phase elections.
The Congress alleged that "insulting martyrs is in the DNA" of the BJP, which also condemned her remarks.
She also earlier said that she had "cursed" 26/11 attack martyr, IPS officer Hemant Karkare, for torturing her and falsely implicating her in the blast case.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week said he will never forgive Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.
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