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BJP comes up openly in favor of Deras, Tells Badal to ensure safety for dera activities

November 21, 2014 | By

Chandigarh: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to ensure activities of different deras that are active in Punjab.

Tarun Chugh, who is India level general secretary of the BJP, has written a letter to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seeking his directions to the DGP Sumedh Saini to take action against “those attacking dera followers”.

Tarun Chugh called the recent clash between followers of controversial Dera Sauda Sirsa and Sikh Sangat in Ferozepur as a ‘disturbing incident’. He made specific mention of two of most controversial deras – Dera Sauda Sirsa and Divya Jyoti Jagran Sansthan (DJJS).

Tarun Chug (C) [File Photo]

Tarun Chug (C) [File Photo]

In his letter to the CM, he said: “We are living in a free country and followers of every dera or sect have the liberty to hold peaceful religious functions. But it has been seen that some radical elements are resorting to violence to stress their point of view. Such attacks on people who propose to gather for a religious programme need to be condemned in the strongest possible words.”

The BJP had reportedly got support from most deras, including the controversial Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Haryana. The party has never earlier openly shown concern for a dera or its followers in Punjab although RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior BJP leader LK Advani have recently met chief of Beas based Radha Swami Dera.

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