Kusum Arora , Jalandhar, September 10:-Sadhu singh dharamsot dera sacha sauda. Punjab minister for Forests, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Sunday came out in support of Sirsa based Dera Sacha Sauda and said that he has been going there earlier and would continue to do so in future too. The minister said that there was nothing wrong in going to Dera Sacha Sauda and politicians from all political parties have been making a beeline for seeking votes. “As for its sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, he has already been convicted of rape by a special CBI court. But, I would continue to go there and there is nothing wrong in it”, he said.Dharamsot admitted that deras have a following of its own and leaders can approach such places to seek support and votes in elections. “We cannot deny or ignore the fact that deras have an influence of its own and politicians have been approaching them. After all, deras have a huge following, which was crucial to seek votes”, he added.When asked that Ram Rahim was convicted, Dharamsot said that if something has gone wrong, it was not important to put a ban on the deras. He said that rather some corrective measures should be taken to handle the situation. “Infact, I am not in favour of seizing or putting a ban on Dera Sacha Sauda”, he said.Earlier, Haryana cabinet minister Anil Vij also openly supported Dera Sacha Sauda and said that he would keep on visiting its headquarters in Sirsa. Notably, leaders from all parties including BJP, SAD and the Congress have been maintaining a steady silence over their visits to the dera in return of votes during elections. Dera Sacha Sauda had earlier helped the congress form the government in Haryana while in 2014, it helped BJP win with a comfortable majority.
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