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CHANDIGARH: Forward of Meeting polls, leaders of all political events in Punjab are knocking at the doorways of Deras. It’s no marvel as those socio-religious sects have an immediate affect on citizens in 45 of the 117 constituencies.
As other folks from socially and economically marginalised communities shape a big phase in their fans, it offers the sects substantial political heft within the state the place SCs contain 32 in step with cent of the inhabitants — best possible within the nation.
The largest Dera in Punjab, the Radha Soami Satsang sect at Beas, has affect in round 19 constituencies throughout each Doaba and Majha areas. When Dera Sacha Sauda, which has about 50 lakh fans in Punjab and Haryana, held congregations in different districts a while in the past to have a good time its former head Shah Mastana’s birthday, a number of distinguished political leaders got here calling. This Dera has substantial affect within the Malwa area and will affect the end result in some 40 constituencies.
It had supported the Congress in 2007 and SAD-BJP in 2012, however in 2017 it confirmed blended loyalties. It had helped the Congress shape the federal government in 2002 and supported the birthday party once more within the 2004 basic elections. Its leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is in prison for rape and homicide, and in addition faces accusations of blasphemy for allegedly hurting Sikh sentiments.
Political analyst Jagrup Singh Sekhon of Guru Nanak Dev College, Amritsar, stated that as social establishments, Deras affect the vote casting behaviour in their fans. “The place victory margins are slim, Deras can swing the ballot result,” stated every other analyst.
A couple of months in the past, Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu visited Sach Khand Ballan Dera of the Ravidassia group in Jalandhar. He additionally visited Sant Pritam Dass Dera Babe Jaure in Raipur Rasoolpur village of Jalandhar district. This Dera is headed via Sant Nirmal Das, president of Shri Guru Ravidas Sadhu Samperdaye Society.
CM Charanjit Singh Channi too visited Dera Sach Khand Ballan and introduced the putting in of a Guru Ravidas Chair underneath the Dera. This Dera has affect over 8 seats.