The Bharatiya Janata Party alleged Friday that the Khalistani agenda is being propagated under the garb of the Punjab farmers' agitation and accused the Congress - which is in office in the state - of aligning with radical elements.
BJP IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya tweeted a purported video of protesting farmers where a man is heard citing PM Indira Gandhi's assassination in an apparent bid to threaten PM Modi should their 3 December discussions with the government fail to resolve their grievances against the farm laws.
Despite concerted efforts by rightwing propagandists to defame farmers protesting against the three agriculture laws by labelling them 'Khalistanis', this angle has found little popularity among the general public. On the other hand, more people have come out in support of the farmers, setting aside ideology and political affiliation.
A large number of Hindus from Punjab, whom the saffron party considers its voter base in the state, have notably rejected the efforts by several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to insinuate that farmer protesting are actually part of the Sikh separatist movement.
Thousands of protesting farmers entered Haryana Thursday from various entry points at its border with Punjab, braving water cannons and tear gas shells on day one of their two-day 'Dilli Chalo' rally against the farm laws. The farmers entered Delhi Friday, where they are likely to hold their protest in Burari, according to farmers' organisations.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya