Jalandhar, October 7 : – Accepting the invitation of Rashtriya Sawayamsewak Sangh (RSS) to attend its foundation day programme at Nagpur has taken a toll on Sant Nirmal Dass Jaurewale, who has been removed from the post of president of Sri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Sampradaye Society Punjab. The Sri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Samparadaye Society, which was headed by Sant Nirmal Dass covers 300 dalit deras in Punjab. Sant Nirmal Das was heading Sant Pritam Dass Dera Babe Jaure in Raipur Rasulpur village in Jalandhar.A meeting of dalit leaders from across the state was held at Dera Sant Baba Hans Raj ji Pandwa in Phagwara late on Friday night, where it was unanimously decided to remove Sant Nirmal Dass from the post of the society. In its meeting, Sri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Samparadaye Society had blamed Sant Nirmal Dass of secretly pursuing RSS agenda among the dalits, particularly the Ravidassia community and giving the land of Sri Guru Ravidass Dass Public School, Chuharwali village on a lease of 99 years at Rs 10,000 fee annually.With this development, the society has been divided in two groups. Now, Sant Kulwant Ram has been appointed as the president of Sri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Samparadaye Society while Sant Mahinderpal Pandwa was appointed as the chairman of the society. On the other hand, suspended Sant Nirmal Dass Jaurewale has also set up his own group, with dalit leaders terming him as their president. Both, the groups were claiming its supremacy over the dalit deras, which is the foundation of dalit politics in doaba region of Punjab.The division in the dalit deras assumes significance, as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has invited Sant Nirmal Das Jaurewale as the chief guest at the foundation day programme of RSS in Nagpur on September 30. RSS celebrates its foundation day on Vijay Dashmi every year. Sant Nirmal Dass was heading to Delhi airport, when he learnt about the turmoil within the dalit dera heads, as they strong objection his move to attend the RSS function.Sources maintained that the day Sant Nirmal Dass accepted the RSS invitation, the demand to remove him had started doing the rounds in the society. “Though he immediately rushed from the Delhi airport but the damage was already done. Dalit dera heads leading the Ravidassia community was strongly against the decision of Sant Nirmal Dass to attend the RSS event and get associated with their ideology”, sources said.Sources maintained that even as top BJP leaders including Union Minister of State and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla has been reaching out to dalit deras, the fact was that they have always maintained a distance from their politics. Notably, in the 92 year old history, it was for the first time that the RSS has invited a dalit religious leader for its foundation day programme at its headquarters in Nagpur Maharashtra.
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