Parole received before panchayat elections
Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was released on parole a few weeks before the state-wide panchayat elections and Adampur Vidhan Sabha by-elections in Haryana. Dera head has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two of his disciples. Ram Rahim has been released on a 40-day parole for the third time this year. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s family had demanded parole for him. After his release on October 15, politicians have been lining up for his blessings. There is also an option to take ‘virtual’ blessings to convey messages to Ram Rahim’s followers. Dera chief votes are believed to play a game changer in politics – be it parliamentary or assembly or panchayat.
Ram Rahim is living in Baghpat, UP
After parole, this time the dera chief is living in his sect’s camp in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. Not just the BJP, almost every political party—the Congress, Punjab’s Shiromani Akali Dal (Shrimani Akali Dal) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)—is forging alliances with communal leaders to win votes in their favor through a consensus. . This time Haryana Deputy Speaker Ranbir Gangwa is among the list of politicians who listened to Ram Rahim’s speech online and took his blessings. Gangwa said he would arrange a bigger venue with more capacity so that everyone would pay respect to the self-styled godman. Other BJP leaders include Karnal Mayor Renu Bala Gupta along with Deputy Mayor Naveen Kumar and Senior Deputy Mayor Rajesh Agi.
Questions raised on parole, Jail Minister answered
State Prisons Minister Ranjit Singh told the media, the decision of parole has been taken according to the law. During the parole, he will live in the Dera compound of Rajasthan. He has been lodged in Sunaria jail since 2017 after being convicted in rape and murder cases. Last year, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was released from jail three times for various reasons, including a request to visit his ailing mother.