Sikh separatist leader Simranjeet Singh Mann has surprised political pundits by securing victory on a legislative seat in the Indian parliament after defeating his rival Gurmail Singh by a margin of 5,822 votes.
Simranjeet, after winning the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, acknowledged the sacrifices of Sikhs, especially popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was assassinated allegedly by hitmen of a gang, and attributed his success to the hard work of all Sikhs who sacrificed their lives for their community’s cause.
“The Indian government cannot treat the Sikh movement like it has treated Kashmiris or Naxalites who have been shot at by the Indian police with impunity,” he said.
“We have reached a stage where India cannot treat us like that,” he said, adding that he would become the voice of oppressed communities in the Indian parliament.
The seat was left vacant by the chief minister of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
It is pertinent to mention here that the Sikh community had staged mass protests across India and held a year-long sit-in against the new farming laws introduced by the Narendra Modi-led government.
Subsequently, the government had to relent and the laws were repealed.