Sadhvi Pragya Thakur. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Stoking controversy Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Pragya Singh Thakur, on Sunday, December 25, asked a gathering in Karnataka’s Shivamogga to “keep weapons at home” to cut “enemy’s head”.

Addressing Hindu Jagarana Vedike’s South Region annual convention in Karnataka’s town, the BJP MP said, “Keep weapons in your homes. At least keep the knives used to cut vegetables sharp. Don’t know what situation will arise when. Everyone has the right to self-protection. If someone infiltrates our house and attacks us, it is our right to respond to them. Just like how knives cut vegetables, it will also chop mouths and heads.”

Thakur made controversial remarks while referring to the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in Shivamogga in February this year. He was stabbed to death at around the same time when the town saw protests against the hijab ban and counter-agitations in favour of it. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the case.

The controversial MP also slammed “Love Jihad”. “Love jihad. They have a tradition of jihad. If they get nothing, they will do love jihad. Even if they love, they do jihad in that. We (Hindus) too love. We love god. A sanyasi loves god. But a sanyasi says, in this world created by god, end all oppressors, wrong-doers, sinners, or else, the true definition of love will not survive here. So answer those involved in love jihad the same way. Protect your girls, teach them the right values,” Thakur said.

The BJP MP also told the gathering not to send their children to missionary schools. “Stop sending to missionaries. By doing it, you are opening the doors of old age homes for yourselves. The children won’t be yours and of your culture. They grow in the culture of old age homes and become selfish,” she said.

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