Sirsa: According to a report of ANI on Sunday, a top Haryana minister donated Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to a sect of Dera Sacha Sauda.
Haryana sports minister Anil Vij travelled to Sirsa, Haryana to attend a program ‘Tiranga Rumal Chhu’ in the presence of Gurmeet Singh on Saturday, when he praised the controversial efforts of Dera Sacha Sauda to establish sports facilities.
In a video tweeted by ANI, sports minister of Haryana Anil Vij saying that to promote sports facilities, I donate Rs 50 lakh from my fund. He also added that I am in charge of this money. So I have given Rs 50 lakh from my discretionary fund to the sect for the sports stadium.
The Dera sect has been in the news, often for its colourful and controversial leader Singh, who commands a following that runs into millions.
According to the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, Haryana sports minister Anil Vij said that I hope in the next Olympic games, players from the Dera win us medals.
A controversial pardon granted to Singh over blasphemy charges sparked protests across Punjab in last year. Actor Kiku Sharda was arrested twice for mimicking the leader.
After The movie – MSG: The Messenger was released in February in last year, he burst onto the national scene, because a violent protests triggered national capital region and across several states. Punjab banned the movie – MSG: The Messenger.
In last month, sports minister of haryana Anil Vij hit the headlines after being forced to cancel a trip to the Rio for Olympics Games. According to a report of HT that most of the delegation of the trip comprised officials, and was costing the exchequer Rs 1 crore.