Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 12
Sikh leaders in the national Capital on Saturday said an attempt was being made to give the farmer agitation a bad name and added that this was reminiscent of the 1980s when the Sikh community was targeted.
Addressing a press conference, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said: “It is sad that farmers are being called anti-nationals even as they are fighting for their rights. Their movement is being portrayed as a Sikh movement.”
“Protests in favour of Indian farmers in the UK were called Pakistan-sponsored. This shows that efforts are being made to target the community and create the fearful atmosphere of 1980s again,” he alleged.
Sirsa said the government was acting as a mute spectator and no action was taken against purveyors of fake news. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president said this was a movement of farmers of the entire nation and not only of Punjab.
Besides Punjab, farmers and their family members have converged on the outskirts of the national Capital from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.