Besides the Congress and other opposition, BJP's Muslim leader Fatima Rasool Siddiqui, who contested the Madhya Pradesh assembly election from Bhopal North in 2018, has targeted Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019. Fatima has denied to support and campaign for Pragya.
With the slogan "Modi Tujhse Bair Nahi, Pragya Teri Khair Nahi", the BJP's lone Muslim candidate in 2018 MP assembly elections showed her protest.
The 2008 Malegaon's mosque bomb blast accused, Sadhvi Pragya is on bail. She joined the BJP on April 7. The party has decided to field her from Bhopal for these general elections.
During a TV interview, Pragya made a statement that she is proud of Babri Masjid demolition.
The protest against Sadhvi Pragya has gained momentum after her controversial comment about the demise of 26/11 Mumbai attack martyr Hemant Karkare. While addressing a press conference, Pragya had alleged the senior police officer of torturing her in prison and it was the effect of her "curse" that died in the attack.
The high-profile constituency of Bhopal has grabbed much attention ever since Uma Bharti withdrew her candidature to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
It is being said that the BJP has a stronghold in Bhopal with four lakh Muslim voters among 19 Lakh voters.
Pragya will be contesting against former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh who has filed his nomination on Congress' ticket.
Bhopal is going to vote on May 12.