Dera issue likely to be raised in Cabinet meeting today
Chandigarh: Dera Sacha Sauda issue is likely to be taken up in the Cabinet meeting. Although this issue is not in the agenda of the meeting, but according to sources, after the agenda discussion, it may be discussed along with other non-agenda issues. Issuing a direction to the ministers to keep mum on the Dera issue is believed to be the issue to be discussed in the Cabinet meeting. After the pronouncement of punishment of 20 years in jail to the Dera head, violence had taken a serious shape in Haryana. But there was no major incident occurring in Punjab due to the alertness of state government.It is said that Deras had been promoted by the political leaders for their votebanks, but these seem to be now a subject of worry for them. This is the reason that the government is taking steps carefully. Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and president of National Youth Congress and Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring expressed their opinions in favour of Dera followers, but they soon had to take a U-turn.According to sources, the Chief Minister has barred his ministers from expressing anything regarding the Dera issue. The Dera has direct influence on 40 seats in the Malwa region of Punjab. Politicians still have some expectations that followers can help them in next elections or there may be adverse impact on others, if they issue any statement in favour or against the Dera. Not only the ruling Congress won the elections with the blessings of the Dera. BJP and even Aam Aadmi Party are not free from charges of Dera support. A similar situation also exists in the neighbouring state of Haryana. There was major contribution of Dera in helping to form the BJP government in the state. Haryana Chief Minister has also directed his ministers to abstain from issuing any statement regarding Dera, either against or in favour.
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