London, Aug 11: Organisers of the event, ‘We Stand With India’ allegedly accused a group holding pro-Khalistan rally, ‘London Declaration for a Referendum 2020’ of spreading fake news. The group was allegedly involved in spreading fake news that India’s Independence Day celebrations in UK is cancelled. The celebrations were planned to counter the pro-Khalistan rally at London’s Trafalgar Square that is to take place on Sunday (Aug 12). Also Read - 163 Million Watched Ayodhya Ram Temple Event While Sushant Singh's Death the Most Watched Subject on TV News, Says BARC
The organiser of the Independence day event, Navdeep Singh took to social media asking, “Why is Sikhs for Justice (SFJ)… spreading lies about the Indian Independence Day rally being cancelled.” A UK government spokesperson reportedly said, “In the UK people have the right to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law”. This approval from the UK government is expected to pull in thousands of people to the iconic Trafalgar Square. Also Read - 16-Year-Old UP Girl Ends Life, Leaves 18-Page Suicide Note Addressed to PM Modi, Read What She Wrote
Expressing disappointment at the stance, spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi, Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said, “We have said that it seeks to propagate violence, secessionism and hatred and we expect them to take into account the larger perspective of the relationship when they take a decision on such matters.” Also Read - 'COVID-19 to Border Aggression', Indian Envoy Touches Upon Challenges Faced by Country in 2020
Chairman of the British Sikh Association Dr Rami Ranger called the members of the pro-Khalistan rally as a “handful of un-elected and self-appointed Sikhs”. Rami Ranger added, “If they have any merit in their argument, then they should go to Punjab and fight the election on the agenda of Khalistan. There is no point embarrassing Sikhs at large along with their Gurus by behaving in an undemocratically manner in a foreign country with a demand of a referendum which is not binding on anyone.”
Meanwhile, a rally will be conducted by the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to raise awareness for a non-binding referendum in 2020, that supports the cause of the Sikh-majority state of Punjab and its independence. Scotland Yard has granted permission to conduct the rally as no complaints were received regarding the event. However, apart from the UK’s left-wing Green Party, no other major British political party or leader are supportive of SFJ’s rally.
(With PTI inputs)