Did Ram Rahim’s political connections help delay justice?
Since the Dera has a huge following, Ram Rahim enjoys tremendous political clout. Politicians of all shades call on the Dera head to seek his “blessings” during the elections and the Dera also obliges them whole-heartedly. In fact, its move to have a political affairs wing indicates the Dera’s growing political aspirations of the sect. In the 2014 assembly elections in Haryana, the Dera came out in the support of the BJP, a factor which tilted the scales in favour of the saffron party and helped it form the government on its own for the first time.