Political parties woo Dera Sacha Sauda followers

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Political parties woo Dera Sacha Sauda followers

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

As poll fever in the national Capital continues to rise, Dera Sacha Sauda, which was left in the dark following the arrest and conviction of its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and several prominent leaders, is beginning to show signs of new political development.

Of late, the Dera has been crisscrossing the three prominent Northern States of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to canvass support for the organisation and buttress its image following the ugly developments two years back. The new development comes in the wake of reports pointing to various political parties trying to gain the support of the Dera followers.

Dera hold a lot of importance in the electoral season. With Dera capable of influencing scores of voters, who are their followers, political parties and leaders have no option but to look up to Dera during elections.

 With supporters numbering in millions, the Dera is getting majority of political support which is crucial not just for its survival but also to keep itself relevant. And the leadership seems to be aware of it.

 “Various political parties have approached us, asking for our support. We haven’t given our assurance to anyone. We are hoping to leverage this opportunity to send out a message that our followers remain united and that any party that has our support is going to have an edge”, said a senior Dera functionary, on condition of anonymity.

 The Dera Sacha Sauda organized Naam charcha gatherings across 23 locations in the state of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and the National Capital of Delhi. The gathering of group at Kanjhawala attracted almost 45000 people.

 Thousands of followers of Dera said in one voice that they were united and will continue to be so in the future.

There are millions of Dera followers in various parts of Delhi, including block Badarpur, Nangloi, Shahdara, Kalkaji, Badli, Rohini. Various social works are undertaken by Dera followers including cleanliness drive, Tree plantation, Blood donation etc. on regular basis, here in Delhi. On this occasion too, Ration was distributed to needy families and school bags and other stationery was provided to hundreds of children of poor families by the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda.

 It is a part of their ongoing plan to keep the scattered flock together in the run up to the elections and use the unity as a bargaining chip. “United we stand. Divided we fall. Many parties want our support. But we can’t give them unless we have decided among ourselves first. These Naam Charcha gatherings will serve as an opportunity to make a united stand”, added another functionary.

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