New Delhi: In dramatic turns of events, the national capital on Republic Day saw a chaotic and violent protest by so far “peaceful” protesting farmers, who not only forcefully entered central Delhi before the agreed upon time for their tractor rally but also climbed atop the Red Fort and hoisted ‘Nishan Sahib’, the religious flag of the Sikhs on the iconic Fort.
While, the event was registered by many as the violent display of protest, actor Deep Sidhu, was accused by farmer union leaders of instigating protesters to hoist flag on Red Fort. Surrounded amid controversies after his controversial statements, the actor has been an active part of the farmers’ agitation for past few months and was seen defended the hoisting of Sikh’s religious flag on the Red Fort during a Facebook Live on Tuesday night.
For uninitiated, Deep Sidhu is a Punjabi actor and a social worker, whose made his debut in movie industry from ‘Ramta Jogi’ in 2015. The 36-year-old was born in the Muktsar district of Punjab and has been a close aide of Bollywood actor Sunny Deol during the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign when the actor was contesting elections from the Gurdaspur seat of Punjab. The photo of Deep Sidhu with the now BJP MP Sunny Deol and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also started to make round post the Republic Day violence.
However, after the incident went all wrong, Sunny Deol distanced himself from Sidhu and had said he and his families have no association with Sidhu. “My heart is very sad to see what happened on the Red Fort today, I have already clarified this through Twitter on December 6. I am that my or my family has no connection with Deep Sidhu. Jai Hind’,” the actor and MP had tweeted.
आज लाल क़िले पर जो हुआ उसे देख कर मन बहुत दुखी हुआ है, मैं पहले भी, 6 December को ,Twitter के माध्यम से यह साफ कर चुका हूँ कि मेरा या मेरे परिवार का दीप सिद्धू के साथ कोई संबंध नही है।
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) January 26, 2021
Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who has been supporting the protest from the beginning said, “Most unfortunate. I have supported the farmers’ protests from the start but I cannot condone lawlessness. And on #RepublicDay no flag but the sacred tiranga should fly aloft the Red Fort.”
Swaraj Abhayan leader Yogendra Yadav too reportedly distanced his party from Sidhu claiming that they had been afar “from our protest right from the beginning”.
“When he participated in a protest at Shambu border and seeing their activities, the farmer unions had decided to keep them away from our movement,” Yadav had said.
Furthermore, the organisation of 41 farmers union ‘Samkyukt Kisan Morcha’ also disassociated itself with all those involved in the unfortunate violence that took place on Tuesday.
Creating the ruckus, Deepu Sidhu in his Facebook Live had defended the hoisting of the religious flag on January 26 at the Red Fort, “To symbolically register our protest against the new farm legislations, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer flag and also raised a slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta.”
The accused of instigating the violence had also said that when the real rights of the farmers are ignored such movements “provoke anger”.