SDPI demands Haryana CM resignation, condemns violence following Dera chief conviction in rape case

New Delhi, 30 August 2017: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) while mourning the loss of more than 36 precious lives in the violence and arson following the conviction in rape charges of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Haryana, has vehemently condemned those political parties which patronize such criminals in the garb of godmen for their vote bank politics.

SDPI national president A. Sayeed in a statement said that Haryana Chief Minister M. L. Khattar has direct responsibility. Reports say that the Haryana government also ignored intelligence inputs. For that, he must be made accountable. He should be forced to quit. The Dera chief’s supporters went on the rampage in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to protest the court verdict convicting him of rape have caused loss of public and private properties worth corers of rupees.

Sayeed said that such unholy godmen exploit women in their Deras/Ashrams. They also carry out other nefarious activities in their citadel under cover while the government of the day despite having full knowledge looks the other way. These political parties even extend official financial support to keep their vote banks intact in the name of so-called social activities being performed by these elements to hide their nefarious designs.

He recalled that an estimated 19 of the 47 BJP MLAs including Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala had gone to pay obeisance to the Dera chief after the poll win in 2014 when the party was voted to power in the state for the first time on its own. Not just the BJP, senior leaders of Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal, too, have visited the Dera seeking its support. But in 2014, the Dera chief openly announced its support to BJP and reportedly asked lakhs of his followers to vote for the party. It is commendable that the judge gave the verdict, uninfluenced by the powerful political support that the accused enjoys.