"Rape charges against Asaram Bapu is a well planned Congress conspiracy," Jha told reporters. He said that as polls approach, Congress party gets upset and indulges in all sorts of political conspiracies against its opponents.
    
Earlier, BJP vice president Uma Bharti came out in support of spiritual guru Aasaram Bapu. "Saint Aasaram Bapu is innocent. False cases have been lodged against him in Congress-ruled states. I am with saint Bapu," Bharti said on her Twitter handle.

This led to reports that what Bharti is saying is the official view of the main opposition.
     
However, to clear the air, Bharti tweeted in the evening ‘this is my personal view that Sant samaj of our country is humiliated continuously by UPA government.’
     
An FIR has been lodged against Asaram for sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl in his ashram. However, a spokesperson of his ashram claimed the Bapu is innocent and is being implicated.
      
The controversial spiritual guru had earlier been in the news when two children living in his ashram in Gujarat had gone missing and are suspected to have been killed.

(Agencies)

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