"Thank you brother, you gave Rs. 1 Crore for the farmers"
Singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh has been actively supporting the ongoing farmers’ protests and now it is rumoured that he secretly donated Rs. 1 Crore (£100,000) to buy warm clothes for the farmers at the Delhi border.
On December 5, 2020, Diljit turned up at Delhi’s Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws.
Farmers fear the laws will dismantle the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.
Reports of Diljit donating Rs. 1 Crore to keep the protesting farmers warm during the winter have now come to light.
Fellow Punjabi singer Singga told his social media followers about Diljit’s generous act.
He said: “Thank you brother, you gave Rs. 1 Crore for the farmers, for their warm clothes, and nobody knows.
“You didn’t post about it. Nowadays people can’t shut up after donating Rs 10.”
— Harsh gill (@HarshgiLL1962) December 5, 2020
At the Delhi border, Diljit addressed the protesting farmers. He said:
“I have come here not to speak but to listen to you. I compliment you for having created history.
“We used to hear tales that inspired us and now we have seen history being created yet again.”
“I want to urge the government to accept the demand of farmers. I would also like to urge the media to support us, these farmers are sitting peacefully with their demands, please show that and support us.
“There is no talk of bloodshed. Everyone twists [facts] on Twitter.”
Diljit Dosanjh also made a remark which seemed to have come from his public Twitter feud with Kangana Ranaut.
“I am also speaking in Hindi so that one need not Google what I am saying again.”
Diljit’s feud with Kangana has been a bitter one and it stemmed from a tweet by the actress where she misidentified an elderly protestor.
She had said that an elderly protestor was Bilkis Bano, also known as the ‘Dadi of Shaheen Bagh’. Kangana also said that Bano was being paid Rs. 100 (£1) to take part in the protest.
However, it was revealed that the woman was Mahinder Kaur.
This resulted in a legal notice being sent to the actress, demanding an apology.
Diljit also criticised the actress, saying that she should not “be this blind”.
What followed were a series of insults exchanged between the pair. The likes of Swara Bhasker and Richa Chadha gave their support for Diljit, praising him for standing up to Kangana and for actively campaigning for the protestors.