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Beleaguered self-styled godman Asaram Bapu today sought to drag Congress president Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi into the rape controversy surrounding him, alleging it was at their instance that he has been framed.
"I am not against any party but people tell me that it is at the instance of madam and her son that this is happening. For four-years-and-a-half those behind (religious) conversions are getting their support," Asaram told reporters without naming Sonia or Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Asaram, who has been issued summons by Jodhpur police to appear before it tomorrow for questioning in connection with the allegations of sexual assault by a 16-year-old inmate of his ashram, said he would not seek more time to present himself before the police.
The Jodhpur police had yesterday said it was yet to take any decision on Asaram Bapu's plea for more time.
"We have not yet received the application of Asaram in this regard. The team bearing this application is yet to arrive at Jodhpur and before going through that request, we cannot say anything," DCP Ajay Pal Lamba had said.
The self-styled godman Asaram Bapu said if he is sent to jail, he would begin a fast as he did not trust the food which would be served to him as "part of a conspiracy".
72-year-old Asaram Bapu, in the eye of a storm following allegations of sexual assault, flew into a rage when asked if anybody was protecting him.
"Nobody is trying to protect me... what you are saying is wrong... no party is in my support... don't talk like this... don't torment me," a furious Asaram Bapu told reporters, abruptly ending his media interaction. As he was whisked away by armed police escorts, his supporters shouted slogans against the media.
Senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Prabhat Jha had recently defended Asaram Bapu, terming rape charges against him as a "Congress conspiracy".
Reacting to Asaram Bapu's allegations against Congress president and Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Karan Singh said," A case has been filed against him so he is speaking like this.
"But how can one speak like this without any proof. Tomorrow, if somebody says a case has been registered against him at the behest of Karan Singh, will you believe him," he asked.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today trashed Asaram Bapu's allegations that he has been framed at the instance of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul.
Asaram is not such a "big man," and "in any case, it is not the character of the Nehru-Gandhi family to indulge in conspiracies of this kind," Digvijay told reporters at Thandla in Madhya Pradesh today.
Rather, the senior Congress leader advised Asaram to go and present himself before the Jodhpur police instead of taking "shelter" in (BJP-ruled) Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.