BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has come out openly in support of the ‘rapist’ Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim by calling him a noble soul while questioning the court’s decision.
Criticising the CBI court’s verdict that convicted Dera chief of rape on Friday, the controversial BJP MP said, “One woman complained about Ram Rahim, crores support him. Her word against millions?”
He added, “One person alleging sexual exploitation but crores stand with him today. Why those crores of people are not being heard? If even bigger incidents take place, court will also be responsible not just Dera people.”
Ram Rahim’s relationship with the BJP is not new as several BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi have praised the rapist baba from public platforms in the past.
Addressing an election rally in October 2014, Modi had said, “Mein guru maharaj Ram Singhji Mastanji ke Sacha Sauda ko pranam karta hun (I salute Ram Singhji, Mastanji’s Sacha Sauda).”
He had also praised Dera chief later in a tweet while applauding the contribution to his pet scheme Swacch Bharat by latter’s followers.
Last year on 28 August, Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij had drawn flak from Congress after he donated Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to a religious sect in the state for promoting rural games.
A day later, another cabinet colleague of Manohar Lal Khattar, Manish Grover had followed suit by donating Rs 11 lakh from his discretionary fund.
Ram Rahim Singh is believed to have more than 5 crore followers spread across the world. The BJP had left no stone unturned to woo the controversial baba to extract electoral mileage in Haryana, where it formed the government in 2014 for the first time with majority of its own.
This explains why Modi has been silent since the CBI court convicted Ram Rahim of rape. Modi was also very close to another self-proclaimed guru, Asaram, who’s languishing in jail on rape charges.
At least 28 people have, so far, been killed and 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing triggered by the rape conviction of Ram Rahim Singh.
Within two hours of his conviction by a CBI court in Panchkula, the violence had left a trail of burnt vehicles, buildings and railway stations in Punjab and Haryana.
Hospitals were overwhelmed with the stream of injured people being brought in.