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As special CBI court convicts Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping two of his women followers at his sect headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa, the spiritual organisation has a big decision ahead of it. To choose a successor to the self-styled godman.
This will be a huge decision for both the Dera and its followers. Whoever is picked for succession will inherit crores of followers, strapping political connections and hundreds of crores worth of assets.
Just its headquarters in Sirsa has a sprawling compound with a multi-speciality hospital, a stadium, lines of luxurious vehicles and tax exemption to top it off, and that's just the headquarter. Not to mention, it also has crores worth of immovable assets spread across the country.
According to speculations, there is one contender among the front runners for the succession, its Guru Brahmachari Vipasana. She joined the Dera Sacha Sauda and rose through the ranks after she graduated from the NGO's girls college in Sirsa.
She is known as the 'nambardaar', second-in-command after the Dera chief. She is the chief of management at the NGO and is the one responsible for managing all the organisation's events.
However, she is not the only one in the race for the succession. Dera Chief and rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has three daughters, one of them adopted and one son.
While his real children are not active in the organisation, his adopted daughter, Honeypreet Insan can give tough rivalry to the 'nambardaar'.
His daughters, Amarpreet Insan and Charnpreet Insan are both already married with their husbands also taking the 'insan' title instead of the other way around. While his businessman son, Jasmeet Insan is married to the daughter of Punjab Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi.
There is one catch though, the NGO has a policy that expels the immediate family of the chief from succession. While that does take all his children out of the picture, it also creates complications for Honeypreet's claim on the succession.