The role of Deep Sidhu, a Punjabi actor, has come under scrutiny after a day-long struggle during the tractor protest against farmers on Republic Day on Tuesday. The actor-activist, once known to be close to film star Sunny Deol, a BJP MP, was last seen in the Red Fort, which became the epicenter of chaos in Delhi.
The farmers have accused him of planting saplings.Mr. Nishaan“Or the Sikh religious flag at the Red Fort, an act that has provoked outrage especially on social media. Images of lathi-armed protesters occupying the 400-year-old Mughal monument also criticized those supporting the farmers’ movement is.
In a post on Facebook last evening, Deep Sidhu defended the act, stating that the protesters did not remove the national flag, but kept “Nishan Sahib” as a symbolic protest.
He also claimed that it was a spontaneous task.
Mr. Sidhu said, “To register our protest against the new farm law, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and the peasant flag and also raised the slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta.” He said that the national flag was not removed from the flagpole of the Red Fort.
“Nishan Sahib” – a triangular saffron flag pointing to Sikh religious symbols – said that it represents the “unity in diversity” of the country.
Mr. Sidhu said that it was natural to become angry in a mass movement “when the real rights of the people are ignored”. “In today’s situation, that anger flared up.”
He said the protesters did not go to Delhi to hurt anyone or damage public property. “We held a peaceful protest without destroying anything or doing any harm to public property … We exercised our democratic right peacefully. If we believe that one person or one personality can make such a large gathering of people , Then it would be wrong. ” “
But various peasant leaders distanced themselves from them and accused them of acting on behalf of the government and attempting peaceful protest.
The actor-activist made headlines as an associate of Sunny Deol when he contested from Gurdaspur in Punjab in 2019. The actor has since distanced himself from Mr. Sidhu. He made a statement in December. Yesterday, Sunny Deol posted another statement: “I am saddened by what happened at the Red Fort today. I had earlier made it clear on December 6 that I or my family had nothing to do with Deep Sidhu. is.”
Samyak Kisan Kisan Morcha, an umbrella organization of 41 peasant unions leading the peasant protest, alleged that some “anti-social elements” have infiltrated their otherwise peaceful movement.
Rajesh Tikait of Bharat Kisan Union said: “Deep Sidhu is not a Sikh, he is a BJP worker. It is a farmers’ movement and will continue to be. Some people will have to leave the place immediately – those who broke the fencing.” Will never be part of the movement. “
Satnam Singh Pannu of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, another leader involved in yesterday’s protests, said: “Whatever happened at the Red Fort was due to Deep Sidhu. Why did the police not stop him at the Red Fort? He was in the ruling. Are close. ” “