SHIMLA: ‘Deshdrohi Arvind Kejriwal’ has been trending on Twitter after old tweets of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Himachal Pradesh social media in-charge Harpreet Singh Bedi allegedly backing the creation of Khalistan went viral on social media.
In three tweets posted on May 23, 3012, Bedi wrote: “Amritsar & declared Khalistan to the world and vowed to continue to the fight for freedom (sic)…. ‘Khalistan Day’ to renew this fight as the flame of freedom has been reignited by our Jathedar Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.”
In one tweet from the handle @iHarpreetSBedi, ‘Khalistan Dollar must’ (sic) has been mentioned with a replica of US dollar having the picture of slain Khalistan leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in between.
As the tweets go viral, the account (@iHarpreetSBedi) was later deleted but the development led to the backlash with many asking Arvind Kejriwal, who is Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener, to clarify if these “separatist views of his aide were endorsed by the Aam Aadmi Party”.
The controversy follows the tension that gripped Punjab’s Patiala town on Friday after members of a group calling itself Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) clashed with Sikh hardliners over an alleged “pro-Khalistan march”.
The warring groups pelted each other with stones, prompting the Punjab Police to fire into the air to bring the situation under control near the Kali Devi Temple in Patiala.
The police soon imposed a curfew, citing “incidents of breach of peace and disputes between certain different groups… which can result in further disturbance of peace and maintenance of law and order in the state in the city”.
The trouble began when radical Sikh elements came out in large numbers to oppose the “Khalistan Murdabad March” organised by the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), which was anticipating a “pro-Khalistan march” in the city.