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How Left-Liberals Went From Praising Deep Sidhu To Scapegoating Him

Author: Swarajya Staff
Publication: Swarajyamag.com
Date: February 9, 2021
URL:    https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/explained-deep-sidhu-episode-and-the-khalistani-communist-marriage-of-convenience-to-milk-farmers-issues

Left-Liberals hailed and defended Deep Sidhu as the ‘voice of farmers’ all throughout. Now, they are deleting their old tweets, and calling him a ‘BJP worker’ and an ‘RSS agent’

The blame game after the violence in the Farmers’ Tractor Rally on 26 January in New Delhi has now culminated in the arrest of Deep Sidhu, an actor who joined farmers’ protests in October last year.

The opposition blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for ‘engineering’ the violence, and the main target of this blame was Deep Sidhu.

Sidhu was accused by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) officials for causing the mayhem at Red Fort and ITO. The SKM functionaries claimed that that the actor is an “agent of the RSS”.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union national spokesman Rakesh Tikait said that Sidhu was “not a Sikh” and a “BJP worker”.

Later, a video emerged of Tikait himself asking the farmers to be armed with “lathi-danda” during the rally to protect their lands which would otherwise be taken away. He has also been named in the Delhi Police FIR along with Sidhu.

Photos of Sidhu meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MP Sunny Deol etc. from the past are being shared on social media as an evidence of his affinity with the ruling party.

However, photographs have also captured Sidhu standing close to Congress party members like Ajit Singh in the Republic Day rally. Aam Aadmi Party leaders like Amrik Singh were also present, the photos show. Persons waiving red flags with hammer and sickle flags were also visible in the rally when it stormed the Red Fort.

Members of various Opposition parties had been showing support towards Sidhu in varying degrees since the protests began against the Farm Laws.

It is interesting that intellectuals, media persons and politicians who were hailing Sidhu as the ‘voice of the farmers’ just a few days ago are now berating him. Sidhu’s supporters say that he is being made an scapegoat by the media and the farmers’ unions who are themselves flawed.

The gulf between Sidhu and the unions appeared after a Facebook Live on 10 December in which he accused the ‘communist unions’ of working their own agenda to further Left politics.

“Political diplomacy has been abandoned... Some communist organisations want a clash so that they can build their politics, which is not desirable at all. Such clashes would be much more dangerous,” he had said.

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