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Congress may seek Dera's support: PPCC

india Updated: Feb 01, 2009 09:43 IST

Reacting on the recent Akal Takht's edict against Dera Sacha Sauda, Punjab Congress Chief Mahinder Singh Kay Pee on Saturday said the party is free to seek support from anywhere, including Dera Sacha Sauda.

"As a religious body, we all respect Akal Takht but as far as seeking votes are concerned, a secular political party is not bound to any edict and free to seek support from anywhere, be it Dera Sacha Sauda or else," Kay Pee told reporters in Jalandhar on Saturday.

Congress was always against mixing up religion with politics and being a secular party, always sought from every quarter, he added.

At an emergency meeting held recently at the Akal Takht (the highest Sikh temporal seat), Sikh clergy had directed all Sikh sangat to ensure the implementation of the edict issued by it to snap all ties with head of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and its followers.

On the controversial Anandpur resolution, Kay Pee said that let BJP clarify its stand on the issue as its alliance partner has raised the issue.

"As far as Congress is concerned, it always opposed the resolution and termed it as separatist's activity."