With an intense battle with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur at hand, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh seems to have taken refuge of rituals and magical powers. Led by popular and self-styled godman Computer baba, thousands of sadhus are performing “Hatha yoga” and other rituals to ensure Digvijay Singh’s success in the elections.
At the ”puja”, Digvijaya Singh is seen dressed in white kurta pyjama and seated on the ground while the sadhus surround him in a semi-circle.
Computer Baba, originally Namdas Tyagi, had been appointed last April by previous chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as one of the five ministers in charge of a project linked to the river Narmada. Six months later, he quit and was seen flirting with the Congress. By December he was campaigning openly for the party.
“These Sadhus are not for Congress but against BJP. Everyone refused to contest against Digvijaya Singh so the BJP found a sacrificial lamb in Pragya,” Computer Baba said, chanting the slogan “Ram Naam Abki Baar, Badal Ke Rakh do Chowkidar (change thewatchman).
Computer Baba and several other sadhus are participating in the Maha Yagna organised in Bhopal on Tuesday.
“The BJP has fooled not just the public but the community of seers as well. All sadhus who are with me unanimously say that without a Ram Mandir there will not be a (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government again. We are holding the Yagna to ensure Digvijay Singh’s win,” Computer Baba said.
However, it doesn’t seem like all the sadhus are really aware of why the rituals are being conducted. “We are going as we thought it’s just a religious function by Computer Baba, we have nothing to do with politics,” said one of the sadhus.