Punjab polls 2017: Dera Sacha Sauda announces support for SAD-BJP alliance
�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,� Harinder Mangwal Insan said.
Dera Sacha Sauda on Wednesday has extended their support to the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the February 4 Punjab Assembly elections.
“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,” the Tribune quoted Harinder Mangwal Insan as saying.
Sadh sangat of Dera has taken the decision late last night that all its followers would support the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab, a member of 45-member state body of the Dera followers, Harinder Mangwal Insan, said.
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 election in Punjab. In the meetings, members discussed local issues, the 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,” a member of the political wing of the Dera, Ram Karn Insan, said.
The followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa-based spiritual and social welfare organisation, headed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have a major presence in 27 different segments, especially in Malwa region of Punjab. In 2007 Punjab Assembly polls Dera had extended their support to Congress.