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Posted at: Feb 1, 2017, 9:26 AM; last updated: Feb 1, 2017, 5:02 PM (IST)

Dera Sacha Sauda announces support for SAD-BJP in Punjab polls

Dera Sacha Sauda announces support for SAD-BJP in Punjab polls
Never asked any devotee to vote for any party, says Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. PTI/File

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 1

Dera Sacha Sauda on Wednesday announced to support the SAD-BJP alliance in the Assembly elections in Punjab despite facing alleged atrocities of SAD leaders after extending support to the Congress in 2007 elections.

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Sadh sangat of Dera took the decision late last night that all its followers would support the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab.  

“Sadh sangat has decided to support the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab, and we have announced our support. We have no powers, but have done it as per the wishes of the sangat,” said Harinder Mangwal Insan, a member of 45-member state body of the Dera followers. 

Block, district and state-level meetings were held with the followers on January 19 in Salabatpura to decide on their support to a political party this Assembly elections in Punjab.

In the meetings, members discussed local issues, performance of the sitting MLAs, and their attitude towards Dera followers.

“We never impose our decision over our devotees and take a final call only after a feedback from them.  This time, sadh sangat wants to support the SAD-BJP so we will go with it,” said Ram Karn Insan, a member of the political wing of the Dera.

Dera head, on January 30, while interacting with the media through video conference had said that it’s the will of the sangat, which always prevails, adding that he has never asked any devotee to vote for any party.

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