Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Campaigning and making promises are not only ingredients that are needed for a victory, many candidates of Punajb elections with this thought have now line-up to receive blessings from Dera Sacha Sauda.

Dera is the most controversial but also highly influential religious sect in Sirsa, Harayana. The main reason for which the candidates are heading towards Dera is not only to receive blessings but also a vote bank. It is said that it owes vote bank of more than 30lakh in Punjab alone.

All who want to meet the Dera Head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh has to take appointment or made themselves registered at least 2 months before either it be anybody, rules are same for anyone.

More than 196 candidates so far have registered for one on one appointment with the Dera head and all are either from BJP or Akali Dal.