Sakshi Maharaj is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS. His ful name is Swami Sachchidanand Hari Sakshi Maharaj.
He has won the Indian general elections, 2014 from the Unnao. He also won Indian general election, 1996 and Indian general election, 1998 from Farrukhabad.
Criminal Charges: On April 16 2013, UP Police Booked Sachidananad Hari Sakshi alias Sakshi Maharaj, his brother and two others for murder of a former college principal Sujata Verma. Verma (47), a former member of district panchayat and a one-time disciple of Sakshi, was shot dead at the gates of Udaitpur Sakshi Ashram in Etah on April 15 2013.
He was accused in the 1992 Babri masjid demolition. Expelled from the Rajya Sabha for misusing his constituency funds, Sakshi Maharaj has also spent a month in Tihar Jail on rape charges. He was acquitted for lack of evidence.
Cotroversial statement over Mahatma Gandhi: Recently Sakshi make a statement which raise a new controversy.He said- “Godse was a nationalist. Gandhiji also did a lot for the nation.” As a row emerged, the BJP leader quickly backtracked. “If I said something by mistake I take it back. I don’t consider Nathuram Godse a patriot,” Maharaj said.
Sakshi Maharaj calls Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse a patriot: