As soon as the elections are announced in Punjab, the leaders of the state are being seen at all the religious places. Along with this, they are also seen camping in the deras. On Sunday, leaders of Akali Dal, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and BJP arrived at an event of Dera Sacha Sauda in Bathinda. BJP leaders Harjit Grewal, Surjit Jayani, Congress minister Vijay Inder Singla, former minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, former MLA Harminder Jassi, and Mangat Rai Bansal arrived at the Dera Sacha Sauda camp in Salbatpura, Bathinda. No, Aam Aadmi Party’s Bathinda Urban seat candidate Jagroop Gill also reached the camp. Shiromani Akali Dal leader Gulzar Singh was also seen there.
All these leaders said that their visit was not political, but the signal was clear from their arrival just after the announcement of the election. Dera’s political committee chairman Ram Singh and state committee members were also present in this program. However, till now nothing has been said about the support of any leader or party from the Dera. It has been said from the Dera that a decision will be taken in this regard at the right time. However, sources in the Dera say that perhaps this time support for any party will not be announced.
Dera Sacha Sauda has an influence on 40 seats in Malwa
Instead, this time a decision can be taken on the support of some candidates seat-wise. Tribune spokesperson Harcharan Singh said, “It was a religious event. There was nothing political in it. Today’s event was in the memory of Shah Satnam, the second head of the Dera. The followers, however, are furious over the sacrilege cases against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Singh. In fact, Dera Sacha Sauda controls 40 seats in the Malwa region.
There are 84 Dera Sacha Sauda Dera in Punjab
There are a total of 84 Deras of Sacha Sauda in the whole of Punjab. Out of these, there are a total of 11 Deras including Salbatpura, which are quite big. In view of this, the leaders have started turning to the followers of the dera. In 2007, at an event in the same dera of Salbatpura, Bathinda, a controversy erupted over Gurmeet Ram Singh disguised as Guru Gobind Singh. The people of the Sikh community alleged that they had committed sacrilege by wearing the garb of the Guru.