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Haryana Assembly polls: Neutralising the clout of Dera Sacha Sauda


The deserted look outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa reflects the altered political reality of the religious sect that once portrayed itself as holding the key to swaying political fortunes.

With lakhs of Dalits, including ‘majhabi Sikhs’ (converted Sikhs), among the Dera’s followers, political parties would make it a point to seek the blessings of the sect head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

But after his conviction in rape and murder cases, political parties are shying away from any kind of public association with the Dera. A 35-member political committee is expected to communicate the Dera’s decision to ...


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