Asaram Bapu is a self-styled "godman" and important supporter of the Hindu right. His followers include many political leaders, including BJP heavyweights L. K. Advani and former prime minister A. B. Vajpayee. He has over 350 ashrams across the country and lakhs of devotees, and is referred to as a saint by VHP leader Pravin Togadia. He has apparently provided financial help to several ministers and politicians.

Asaram Bapu is associated particularly with sexual assault: he declared that the Delhi gang rape victim "is as guilty as her rapists", and is himself currently in jail charged with sexual assault of a minor. His son, currently also in prison, has allegedly admitted raping a woman at his father's ashram. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy unsuccessfully argued Asaram Bapu's bail case in June 2015.

Profile of Asaram Bapu on Communalism Watch.
Story of Asaram Bapu's rise and patronage by the Hindu Right.