Karnal (Haryana): Rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Wednesday organized a virtual ‘Satsang’ which was attended by many political leaders including the Karnal Mayor and many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, sparking a fresh controversy.
Ram Rahim, who is serving a jail term after being convicted in rape and murder cases was released from Sunaria jail on 40-day parole. The Dera chief’s family had submitted an application to the jail authorities seeking month-long parole for him.
The opposition demanded a justification from the Bharatiya Janata Party over its leader’s participation in the Satsang.
Meanwhile, Karnal mayor Renu Bala Gupta, deputy mayor Naveen Kumar and senior deputy mayor Rajesh Aggi are continuously trying to defend their participation in the event.
The senior Deputy Mayor said, “I was invited to the Satsang by the ‘sadh sangat’. Online Satsang was done from UP. Many people in my ward are associated with Baba. We reached the program from social connection and it has nothing to do with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the upcoming bypoll election.”
Notably, the Adampur bypoll in Haryana is scheduled to be held on November 3. Besides, the state is also scheduled to hold panchayat polls soon.
Deputy Mayor Naveen Kumar said that everyone who got information about the Satsang reached there.
On the question of taking the blessings of Ram Rahim to win the election, Naveen said that the people have chosen him from their ward and only the public decides this.
“It is necessary to have the blessings of the people,” Naveen said.
Speaking about Dera chief’s parole, he said that anyone could seek parole at his own pleasure.
“He may have taken parole for the festival of Diwali and we should not equate it with elections,” he added.