First he said the 23-year-old Delhi woman who died in a Singapore hospital a few days back, could have used mantras to escape being gangraped and assaulted and now self styled godman Asaram Bapu has denied making the statement and has said that he always wanted the best for everyone.
Addressing a gathering of his followers at Pandharpur in Solapur district of Maharashtra, the godman said that news channels were targeting him in order to get higher TRPs.
"I said you can't clap with one hand, what is wrong with that," the godman told the gathered crowd.
"First one dog barked and then others began barking. Soon all dogs in neighbourhood started barking. But should an elephant (referring to himself) run behind them? The value of the elephant would reduce," the godman said.
He added that those who were to understand the value of his words have already understood them.
"They can say what they like. I don't care. I still maintain why should I run behind the dogs," he said.
He claimed if his speech was understood in the proper context people would be respect him for his comments in the Delhi gangrape case.
According to Times Now, the camera crews present at the gathering were not allowed to record his speech any further.
Speaking later to reporters outside the venue, the godman refused to be drawn into questions over his statements over the Delhi gangrape.
"I don't want to comment on what I have said. I don't want to start another debate," he said, adding that he just wished the best for everyone.
The godman's statements had caused a furore and many people had sought action over his statements on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
First Published On : Jan 8, 2013 17:44 IST