BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ (killing power) to harm BJP leaders, adding the ‘evil power’ was behind the recent deaths of former Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. BJP veteran Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Sushma Swaraj on August 6. Taking umbrage at the BJP MP’s remarks, the Madhya Pradesh Congress said she has lost her mental balance and advised her to undergo treatment in a mental asylum. “While I was contesting the [Lok Sabha] elections, a Maharaj ji told me that bad times are upon us and the Opposition is up to something using some ‘marak shakti’ against the BJP. I later forgot what he said but now when I see our top leaders leaving us one by one, I am forced to think, wasn’t Maharaj ji right?” she said. Ms. Thakur was addressing a condolence meeting at the State BJP office to pay tributes to Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur. The latter had died on August 20. She refused to talk on the issue when reporters asked about her remarks. “Sadhvi Pragya’s statement is extremely objectionable. It shows that she has lost her mental balance,” said Shobha Oza, State Congress Media Cell chief.‘Abusive words’ “Sometimes she uses abusive words for Gandhiji or for Nehruji. Now she said so about the Congress. She needs to be treated as soon as possible. A mental asylum is the right place for her,” Ms. Oza told reporters. Ms. Thakur, who defeated Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, has made many such controversial remarks and had to apologise for some of them. She was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.