With Asaram nod, followers decide to contest Delhi polls

JODHPUR, Nov 5: Followers of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, lodged in jail on charges of sexual assault on a teenage girl, have decided to enter the electoral fray in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections.

The Ojaswi Party, floated by Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, who too is in jail on rape charges, will be fighting the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, national president of the outfit Swami Omji told reporters here today.

The decision to contest the assembly elections has been taken after a brief meeting of the party leaders with Asaram in jail, party’s National Political Advisor Mukesh Jain said.

“We met (Asaram) Bapu in jail on Tuesday and only after his signal, we have decided to enter the political fray,” Jain said.

Asaram has been lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail since he was arrested last year on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his ashram.

“Our party will field candidates in all the 70 seats in Delhi,” Swami Omji said, “Even if we fail to obtain majority, we would be in such a significant number that without our support, no government would be possible in Delhi.”

Jain said the Ojaswi Party might also contest the November-December assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

Claiming that the arrest of Asaram was part of a political conspiracy, Jain said they would appeal to the government to revoke the charges against Asaram. (PTI)


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