Sunday, 8 December 2019

Gurudwara in UK’s slough displays Khalistan banners

Photo courtesy: Surinder Singh | Flickr Images

Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha in Slough, part of Greater London, displays two huge Khalistan banners in its main hall.

It is one of the main gurdwaras of the area that elected first turban clad Sikh MP of the Britain, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.

Speaking to India Today, the former president of the gurdwara, Joginder Singh Bal said, The banners have been there since 1984. Banners are not a new thing here.

Places of worship are part of charity circuit and under the remit of Charity Commission in Britain. The rule book of this commission clearly specifies, To be a charity an organisation must be established for charitable purposes only, which are for the public benefit. An organisation will not be charitable if its purposes are political.

It further adds as its legal requirement, A charity cannot exist for a political purpose, which is any purpose directed at furthering the interests of any political party, or securing or opposing a change in the law, policy or decisions either in this country or abroad.

Addressing public from the places of worship is a common campaign practice during elections in the UK.

With December election around the corner such activities have been taking place at Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Sough too.

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi addressed the congregation from the same main hall of the Gurdwara that displayed two massive Khalistan banners.

Referendum 2020, a call for separate Khalistan in India was launched in the UK.

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