BJP's Pragya Thakur 'too ill' to appear in court, seen dancing at wedding
Two recent viral videos of BJP MP Pragya Thakur – one her slam dunk on a basketball court and another of her dancing at a wedding she helped organise – have drawn comments from the Congress on her who has begged off court appearances in the Malegaon blasts case citing ill health, reports ndtv.com.
The latest video is from a twin wedding - held at the MP's Bhopal residence - of young women from very poor families. Pragya Thakur, 51, is seen shaking a leg at the celebration and asking people to join in.
The brides told reporters that they were "very happy" and felt blessed, reports ndtv.com.
One of the brides father, who is a daily-wage worker, said he was grateful to the Bhopal MP as he didn't have the means to organise his daughter's wedding.
"I feel like I have been given a second life. I am very poor. I did not have enough to marry my daughters. But Pragya Thakur helped us. I pray to mother goddess for her long life. I am very happy and grateful," he told reporters.
As reported by ndtv.com, the dancing video provoked sarcasm from Congress leader Narendra Saluja.
"Whenever we see the Bhopal MP, sister Pragya Thakur, play basketball and walking without support or dancing happily like this, it makes us happy...?" - tweeted Mr Saluja, who is a Congress spokesperson in Madhya Pradesh.
हमारी भोपाल की सांसद बहन प्रज्ञा ठाकुर को जब भी बास्केट बॉल खेलते हुए , बग़ैर सहारे के चलते हुए या इस तरह ख़ुशी से झूमते हुए देखते है तो बड़ी ख़ुशी होती है…? pic.twitter.com/MR01Gumnun— Narendra Saluja (@NarendraSaluja) July 7, 2021
On July 1, Mr Saluja had shared a video of Pragya Thakur shooting a basket and had written: "We had only just seen Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur in a wheelchair but today, we feel very happy to see her trying her hand at basketball at the Bhopal stadium...So far we knew she couldn't walk or even stand properly because of an injury...? May god always keep her healthy..."
भोपाल की भाजपा सांसद साध्वी ठाकुर को अभी तक व्हील चेयर पर ही देखा था लेकिन आज उन्हें भोपाल में स्टेडीयम में बास्केट बॉल पर हाथ आज़माते देखा तो बड़ी ख़ुशी हुई…— Narendra Saluja (@NarendraSaluja) July 1, 2021
अभी तक यही पता था कि किसी चोट के कारण वो ठीक से खड़ी और चल फिर भी नही सकती है…?
ईश्वर उन्हें हमेशा स्वस्थ रखे.. pic.twitter.com/UQrmsXkime
Pragya Thakur is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts and is out on bail. She was in jail for nine years before she was granted bail in 2017.