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Dera Sacha Sauda to back secularists, incorruptible in polls

Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda has been expecting its followers to vote for the candidates who support secularism and have corruption-free image. The Dera has already kicked off the campaign to set the agenda for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

punjab Updated: Mar 23, 2014 14:57 IST
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Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda has been expecting its followers to vote for the candidates who support secularism and have corruption-free image.

The Dera has already kicked off the campaign to set the agenda for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

However, it is not going to be an easy choice for its followers. The Dera is a religious sect that usually issues direction to its followers before the assembly and parliamentary elections. In 2009, elections, female foeticide was one of the most important parameters to judge candidates.

The Dera has been holding meetings of its followers at the district and block level to discuss the agenda for the upcoming elections.

“Meetings are being held with our district and block level committees. We have already decided on some points like candidates should be incorruptible and secular,” said Gurbaj Singh, a member of the political wing of the Dera.

Gurbaj added,“We will support the candidates with clean and corruption- free image. Candidates should also have secular character and should respect all religions equally. These will be most important parameters along with their fighting sprit against drug addiction.”

Harsimrat Kaur Badal had entered politics after launching a campaign against female foeticide through Nanhi Chhaan and contested against Congress heavyweight Raninder Singh in 2009 parliamentary elections.

The Dera made female feticide one of the most important parameters for its followers to judge the profile of the candidate while casting votes.

Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not entered Punjab since 2007 after the sect was socially boycotted by the Akal Takht. There has been no authentic data on the Dera vote bank, still candidates go to the Dera to ask for votes. The ruling Badal family has never asked for votes from the Dera publicly after 2007 unlike other political leaders of all parties.