"She should not have done this particularly after party high command had issued a clear cut directive on this issue," said a BJP leader from Indore.
Asaram, who was arrested from his Indore’s ashram on August 31 last year, is currently in a Jodhpur jail following complaints of sexual harassment. A girl had lodged a complaint at a police station in Delhi on August 20, accusing the 72-year-old of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur. Thakur denied having performed the aarti of Asaram.
"I know the allegations against Asaram. Those who have organised the event are my supporters. I got the invitation for bhajan sandhya and attend the programme every year," she said, adding that she performed the aarti of Ram Darbar. However, the MLA admitted that a photograph of Asaram was put on the dais.
Incidentally, this is not the first time when BJP leaders have either issued statements or participated in functions of Asaram. Senior BJP leaders — Uma Bharti, minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Rajya Sabha MP Prabhat Jha — had defended the jailed ‘godman’ prior to his arrest.