Some prominent Sikh leaders, including Sikh Kirtankar Bhai Manpreet Singh Kanpuri, expressed disapproval after organisers honoured Indian National Congress leader Kamal Nath. It has been alleged that Kamal Nath played a vital role in the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 that erupted after the murder of then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
Hindi daily Danik Bhaskar reported that Kirtankar Bhai Manpreet Singh Kanpuri reprimanded the society’s secretary Jasbir Singh Gandhi in the presence of thousands of people. He said, “Shame on you, Gandhi. You glorified the one who destroyed the homes of thousands of Sikhs, who is guilty of the 1984 Sikh riots.” He added on whose behest thousands of Sikhs were murdered, shops were burnt, and the honour of mothers and sisters was taken away in 1984, and the Sikhs were respecting that person. He said, “I swear by Wahe Guru Gobind Singh that I will never come to Indore again.”