Sakshi Maharaj embarasses BJP by supporting

Ram Rahim, claims only 1 person against Dera

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That incurable foot-in-the-mouth disease

Sakshi Maharaj said the court has listened to the complainant and not millions of devotees who consider him god.

 

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj

HIGHLIGHTS

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    Sakshi Maharaj asked who is right – a complainant or crores of his followers
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    He said Dera supporters shouldn’t be held responsible for damage
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    BJP is unhappy with his comments

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.

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Friday came out in support of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted earlier in the day of rape by a CBI court in Haryana.

Reacting to the mayhem unleashed by Singh’s supporter since the news of the ruling became public, the BJP leader said there was only one person (ie. the woman who accused him of rape) against Singh, while crores support him.

“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?” the BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh‘s Unnao district said.

“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.

 There is so much of ruckus over it, law and order has been disturbed, people are dying… Shouldn’t this be a consideration?” he added.Not content to stop at victim-blaming, he then went to blame the legal system for failing to see the point he was making. If a bigger chaos erupts in the following days, Maharaj warned, the court will have to bear the blame for it, not the goons who unleash it.

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”.

Last, but not the least, the member of the saffron party couldn’t resist throwing in some communal colour to the indefensible crime that he was passionately defending.

“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

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