Asaram’s followers claim that today’s judgment by a Rajasthan court, which put the 77-year-old behind the bars for the rest of his life, was engineered by the BJP.
His followers — who, by some estimates number close to 40 million — have vowed to vote oust the BJP in the next elections, after Asaram getting life imprisonment in a rape case.
A press note headed “Bapuji’s crores of followers will shunt out the BJP in the coming elections” accused the government of interfering in judicial decisions, citing the recent Supreme Court verdict in the judge Loya case.
Last week, the top court had turned down a number of petitions calling for an independent inquiry into the sudden death of the judge, who was handling a murder case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was accused. His successor had cleared the BJP chief, saying there was not enough evidence for a trial.
Asaram’s followers warned that for the coming elections, they will undertake a statewide drive to oust the BJP.
While the BJP government of Vasundhara Raje is hoping for a second term in the coming assembly elections in Rajasthan, the warning has implications for the BJP in other states too, ahead of next year’s general elections.
“The BJP’s interference in judicial matters is clearly visible” the note read, linking the verdict to the subsequent impeachment notice by the opposition.
The note read, ”In the Asaram Bapu verdict, we cannot rule out that BJP may have tried to influence the judiciary. There might be a political interest involved here in view of the upcoming elections. The party may be trying to save its skin and take credit.”