After a day of clashes throughout a farmers’ tractor protest on Republic Day on Tuesday, the function of a Punjabi actor, Deep Sidhu, has come beneath scrutiny. The actor-activist, as soon as identified to be near film star-turned-BJP MP Sunny Deol, was final seen at Red Fort, which turned the epicenter of the chaos that descended upon Delhi.
Farmers have accused him of planting the “Nishan Sahib” or Sikh non secular flag on the Red Fort, an act that has provoked outrage, particularly on social media. Images of protesters armed with sticks occupying the 400-year-old Mughal monument has drawn criticism even from those that backed the farmers’ agitation.
In a publish on Facebook final night, Deep Sidhu has defended the act, saying the protesters didn’t take away the nationwide flag however put up the “Nishan Sahib” as a symbolic protest.
He additionally claimed that it was a spontaneous act.
“To symbolically register our protest against the new farm legislation, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer flag and also raised the slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta,” stated Mr Sidhu. He asserted that the nationwide flag was not faraway from the flagpole on the Red Fort.
Pointing on the “Nishan Sahib” — a triangular saffron flag bearing Sikh non secular symbols – he stated it represented the nation’s “unity in diversity”.
Mr Sidhu stated such anger was pure in a mass motion “when the genuine rights of people” are ignored. “In today’s situation, that anger flared up.”
He stated the protesters didn’t go to Delhi to harm anybody or injury public property. “We held a peaceful protest without destroying anything or causing any damage to the public property…we exercised our democratic right peacefully. If we think one person or a personality could do such a big mobilisation of people, then it will be wrong.”
But numerous farmer leaders have distanced themselves from him and accused him of appearing on behalf of the federal government to attempt to taint a peaceable protest.
The actor-activist got here into the highlight as an aide of Sunny Deol when he contested from Gurdaspur in Punjab in 2019. The actor has since disassociated himself from Mr Sidhu. He put out an announcement in December. Yesterday, Sunny Deol posted one other assertion: “Today what happened at Red Fort has saddened me. I had earlier too, on December 6, made it clear that neither I nor my family have anything to do with Deep Sidhu.”
The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella physique of 41 farmer unions that’s main the farmer protest, alleged that some “antisocial elements” had infiltrated their in any other case peaceable motion.
Rajesh Tikait of the Bharat Kisan Union stated: “Deep Sidhu is not a Sikh, he is a worker of the BJP. This is a movement of farmers and will remain so. Some people will have to leave this place immediately – those who broke barricading will never be a part of the movement.”
Another chief concerned in yesterday’s protest, Satnam Singh Pannu of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, stated: “Whatever happened at Red Fort is because of Deep Sidhu. Why didn’t the police stop him at Red Fort? He is close to the ruling party.”