Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who is serving a 20-year jail for raping his two disciples and is currently out on parole has been holding online discourses for the past few days, which have been attended by BJP leaders from Haryana including lawmakers.
This is the third time, the controversial Hindu monk is out on parole. The Dera chief had earlier come out of prison on month-long parole in June, ahead of the elections to 46 municipalities in Haryana. Singh was granted three weeks’ furlough from February 7, barely two weeks before the Punjab Assembly elections. The recent 40-day parole has once again coincided with elections in the region. Haryana will be witnessing panchayat elections and the bypolls to the Adampur Assembly seat next month.
Haryana BJP leader and Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa was present in a big gathering of Ram Rahim Singh’s followers in Hisar on Wednesday to listen to online discourse, according to PTI news agency. During the event, Gangwa talked about his family’s association with the Sirsa Dera.
Speaking with Singh during the online event, Gangwa said to PTI that he was happy at the blessings given by Singh and hoped that one day he will address them face-to-face.
On Tuesday, Karnal Mayor and BJP leader Renu Bala also joined an online event of Ram Rahim Singh along with some other BJP leaders. Renu Bala addressed the rape convict as “Pitaji” and said his blessings should always be with them.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was last year also convicted along with four others for hatching a conspiracy to kill Ranjit Singh, a Dera manager. The Dera chief and three others were convicted in 2019 for the murder of a journalist more than 16 years ago.