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Am Powerful Man, Can Break Government : Sakshi Maharaj

shriram | 4th February 2015 | Politics And Government
Am Powerful Man, Can Break Government : Sakshi Maharaj

    In an ashram near the Ganga in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand, priest-turned-politician Sakshi Maharaj mimes rowing a boat to illustrate what will happen if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ignores Hindu nationalist demands.

"Modi will have to be a boatman: one oar must focus on the economy and the other must concentrate on the Hindu agenda," says Maharaj, clad in saffron robes and sitting cross-legged on a bed.

He twirls his bejewelled fingers in the air, explaining that otherwise the boat will spin in circles.

The Hindu priest, who has been charged with rioting and inciting communal violence, is held up by opponents as evidence of hardline religious elements in the ruling BJP whose behaviour is threatening the government's economic reform agenda.

In recent months, Maharaj has created uproar by describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse, as a patriot and saying Hindu women should give birth to four children to ensure the religion survives. The BJP issued him a notice last month asking him to explain those remarks.

His comments suggest a growing impatience among some BJP lawmakers with the PM for his refusal to champion their cause. Maharaj, for example, wants to make it illegal for Hindus to change religion and seeks the death penalty for slaughtering cows.

At the ashram, elderly disciples bend to kiss the feet of Maharaj, who wears light brown socks with sandals, an orange turban, gold-framed Dolce and Gabbana glasses and a chunky gold-coloured watch.

With a self-proclaimed following of 10 million people, Maharaj, a four-time member of parliament, draws support through a network of dozens of ashrams and colleges.

"I am aware that I am a powerful man," Maharaj says. "I can make or break the government."


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