On Sunday, old tweets from the Aam Aadmi Party’s Himachal Pradesh state social media chairman, Harpreet Singh Bedi, went viral on Twitter in India over his pro-Khalistan stances. AAP member of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh has deleted his Twitter account after his blatant demands for a separate Khalsa state created controversy on social media.
On Sunday, many Twitter users, including popular user @BefittingFacts, highlighted Harpreet Singh Bedi’s presence on Twitter, which included pro-Khalistani quotes, replies and tweets since 2012. Netizens pointed out that Bedi demanded Khalistan as a “constitutional right” in his many conversations on the social media platform. OpIndia has conducted a new analysis of its account in which its open support for Khalistan stands out. This comes at a time when the Aam Aadmi party has previously been accused of taking support from the Khalistani to win the recent Punjab assembly elections.
Meet Harpreet Singh Bedi, Social Media Chairman of Aam Aadmi Himanchal Party, he thinks “Khalistan’s demand is a constitutional right”. He has supported Khalistan for the movement for at least 10 years.@ArvindKejriwal pic.twitter.com/f9Lg98hS02
— Facts (@BefittingFacts) May 1, 2022
Since AAP Social Media Officer Harpreet Singh Bedi’s @iHarpreetSBedi Twitter account no longer exists, here’s a look at his pro-Khalistani exercises on social media, laced with separatist sentiments against the Indian state. In 2012, Bedi posted tweets vehemently asking in reference to a Jathedar Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana that Amritsar and Khalisatan should be declared free and the fight for freedom must continue. “Such is the power of a true holy soldier of the Khalsa Panth. Stand up and promise Orange and Pledge Khalistan! he was seen tweeting.
In the same year, he was seen hilariously sharing a makeover image of the conceptualized ‘khalistan dollar’ with an image of terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and the Golden Temple of Amritsar on the back.
Furthermore, Bedi was also seen as justifying giving out separatist slogans to demand Khalistan as non-seditious. “If saying Khalistan is Deshdroha (sedition), then saying Hindustan is also the same according to the constitution,” read one of his tweets. In a conversation with another Twitter user, he referred to the Constituent Assembly editors as “your leaders”, suggesting a difference from his own. As recently as May 2020, Bedi could be seen reiterating his demand for Khalistan, suggesting he has stood for what he has demanded for over 10 years so far.
Bedi could be seen arguing with state congressional leaders over the 1984 Genocide of the Sikhs and Operation Blue-Star led by Indira Gandhi as the basis for his demand for a separate Khalsa state. He was seen accusing former Punjab CM captain Amrinder Singh of being the one who signed papers for Khalistan earlier. Bedi was seen dragging Congress leaders and the state party to handle the same thing.
Bedi in a June 2020 tweet was seen accusing Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi of butchering (Sikhs). He highlighted the alleged hypocrisy of Congress leaders in backing a movement for Khalistan and then killing Sikhs in his tweets to the party.
Bedi was also seen seeking legitimacy for the Khalistan movement citing “the role of the Gandhi family in the attack on the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar”.
In 2019, Bedi was seen asking Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra, “since Muslims and Dalits were allegedly killed in the name of Ram and Cow, why can’t Khalistan Zindabad be said as the Constitution gives the right to do so?”
After Harpreet Singh Bedi got caught up in the controversy over his Khalistani sympathetic behavior on Twitter, he didn’t take the time to deactivate his account. As of now, his Twitter handle no longer exists on the social media platform.
How is Harpreet Singh Bedi associated with the AAP?
Harpreet Singh Bedi’s Twitter account described himself as the state chairman for social media AAP Himachal. According to his biography, he was a former Punjab representative for Chattra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, the youth wing of the AAP. When his controversial tweets were flagged by people on Twitter, he attempted to hide his AAP-related credentials by deleting his bio before his account was completely deleted.
Reports of his association with AAP were verified on Facebook after the same person was seen posting an update on his role in AAP Himachal Pradesh in June 2021. Bedi was also seen posing with Lal Chand Kataruchakk who currently serves as Food & Civil Supplies Minister for Consumer Affairs in the AAP government led by Bhagwant Mann in Punjab.
After Harpreet Singh Bedi’s open and continued support for Khalistan came to light, accusations that the AAP rallied the support of Khalistanis in the Punjab assembly elections were highlighted once again. On Friday, clashes erupted between Khalistan supporters and members of a Hindu organization outside the holy temple of Ma Kali in Patiala, Punjab. In February, former AAP member Kumar Vishwas also called out Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for giving support to the Khalistan separatists.