January 29, 2017 2:27:09 am
ASARAM BAPU’S son Narayan Sai is set to contest UP polls from Lucknow Cantonment and Shivpuri constituency in Varanasi. Sai, at present lodged in a Surat jail in connection to three cases, including one of rape, will contest as a candidate of Ojaswi Party — reportedly established by him in 2011. The party, contesting elections for the first time, has mentioned on its website that it has no links with Asaram Bapu, his ashrams and institutes and that it has been established with inspiration from Narain Sai.
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“Ojaswi Party will contest 150 seats in UP and two in Punjab. We have already declared candidates for 12 seats in Lucknow, Varanasi and Kanpur. Names of other candidates will be declared soon. The decision to contest the elections was taken about one-and-a-half month ago. Party’s national president Narayan Sai would contest from Lucknow Cantonment and Shivpuri in Varanasi, “ said Ojaswi Party’s national general secretary Shiv Narayan Jangra.
He added that the party is banking upon followers of Asaram Bapu in UP. “Ojaswi Party works in the interest of the downtrodden. While the party has nothing to do with Asaram Bapu and his institutes and ashrams, being his son, Narayan Sai and Ojaswi Party candidates would get support from Bapu’s 50 lakh followers in UP. We hope that the Sindhi community, to which Narayan Sai belongs, will vote in favour of Ojaswi Party. We will start campaigning soon after all candidates are finalised,” said Shiv Narayan, adding that the party has its headquarter in Uttam Nagar in New Delhi and its office in Lucknow will be opened in the next two to three days.
On Narain Sai, who was arrested in December, 2013 in a rape case and since then has been in jail, he said: “The cases against Sai and his father are politically motivated. Narayan Sai had sought bail from a Surat court on the ground that he wants to field candidates, contest election and also supervise preparations for polls. But the court rejected the application. We will now move the Gujarat High Court.”
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