Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sakshi Maharaj today stroked controversy when he openly came out in defence of controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh even after he was convicted by a special CBI court in a rape case.
“I respect the judiciary but I want to say that crores of people are supporting Ram Rahim, and only one person is complaining against him. Is one person right or are crores of people right?” Sakshi said.
He said that he respects the court but the court has listened to the complainant and not millions of devotees who consider him god.
According to sources, the BJP’s high command is unhappy with Sakshi Maharaj’s comment and may even seek an explanation from him.
The BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district said: “There is so much of ruckus over it, law and order has been disturbed, people are dying… Shouldn’t this be a consideration”.
“Can the Supreme Court or High Court call the Shahi Imam (head) of Jama Masjid in this manner? He is also wanted in many cases… Is he their relative? Ram Rahim is a simple man so he is being harassed,” Maharaj said.
He even went on to allege that such cases against godmen are part of a conspiracy to malign Hindu culture.
“If big incidents happen then Dera supporters should not have been held responsible but the court should be responsible,” Maharaj said.
His remarks came after 31 people were killed in violence in Haryana after a CBI court in Panchkula convicted Baba Ram Rahim in a rape case.
Private and government property was vandalised in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi by Dera supporters.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy wasn’t behind in voicing support for Ram Rahim.
” A new threat to Sadhus. Politicians and ashramites wanting to grab Ashram wealth by sending the Swamijis to jail. Sadhus must groom successors,” Swamy tweeted.