Religious leaders meet dera chief; solution in sight
Tribune News Service
The ongoing conflict between Sikhs and dera followers is likely to end tomorrow as the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has agreed to solve all issues without any further delay. A draft of the solutions to end the conflict has been prepared.
The final touches will be given after talking to the Sikh high priests tomorrow afternoon, said Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh after a late night meeting with dera chief.
Swami Agnivesh said he had had a long discussion with the SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar yesterday over the issue, who had assured him that the SGPC did not want to aggravate the situation further and wanted a peaceful solution.
Earlier in the day a delegation of religious leaders, including Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, held discussion with Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to sort out the issue at the dera this evening.
Other members of the delegation were DGPC president Paramjeet Singh Sarna, Mohammad Elahi, Jain Muni Lukesh Parkash, Father Philip and MP Tarlochan Singh. However, the members of the delegation refused to divulge the details after the meeting.
Although, during the day, the move of the dera surprised everyone when the dera office-bearers released aCD to the media carrying photographs of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, seeking blessings from the dera chief. It also showed Badal along with other leaders holding meeting with the dera chief.
Dera sources said Badal used to come here. But things went worse just before the last assembly elections.
The dera released the CD just a day after Badal took strong stand against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, advising him to tender an apology Before meeting the dera chief, the delegation discussed the issue with the dera high-level committee, headed by Dr Aditya Arora. The religious leaders will leave for Amritsar after the meeting to meet the Sikhs' high priest. The committee of the religious leaders was formed when all efforts to solve the dispute turned futile.