British Hindus are being focused by WhatsApp messages urging them to vote towards Labour within the common election, accusing the social gathering of being “anti-India” and “anti-Hindu”.
The messages have additionally included movies by far-right anti-Muslim activists and have raised fears they’re trying to take advantage of tensions between British Pakistanis and Indians, in addition to totally different non secular teams.
One message mentioned: “The Labour social gathering is now the mouth-piece of the Pakistani authorities … It’s anti-India, anti-Hindu and anti-[Indian prime minister Narendra] Modi. So if there are any Indians who’re nonetheless voting for Labour, or are nonetheless members of the Labour social gathering – then respectfully I say, they’re traitors to their ancestral land, to their household and buddies in India and to their cultural heritage.”
On the prime of the message it mentioned: “Cross this to each true Indian.” On the foot of the message was the title Kapil Dudakia. The Guardian contacted Dudakia, a businessman, however he declined to say whether or not he wrote the message.
In a current weblog on the Hindu Human Rights web site, Dudakia wrote that Labour had been “a bunch of left-wing nutters indulging of their prejudices”.
Dudakia additionally spoke at a Diwali occasion within the Home of Commons hosted by the Tory MP Bob Blackman final month, from which Labour MPs had been reportedly banned.
An attendee advised the Guardian that Dudakia shouted on the viewers to vote Hindus and never Muslims and mentioned that the Conservatives had been the one social gathering for Hindus. Dudakia mentioned he spoke on the occasion in a private capability. The Conservative social gathering has been contacted for a response.
The attendee who contacted the Guardian mentioned: “I used to be advised quite a few occasions no Labour MPs had been invited as a result of they’re anti-Hindu. The entire two hours was all about vote Conservative, and nothing to do with the competition of Diwali. It was essentially the most uncomfortable factor I’ve ever been to.”
Movies despatched to Hindu voters by way of WhatsApp embody one through which the rightwing broadcaster Katie Hopkins complains “Islam is taking up my nation”, as she criticises an illustration about Kashmir by British Muslims participating on Diwali. Others messages embody movies by Anne Marie Waters, who leads the far-right For Britain social gathering.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the Labour MP for Slough, mentioned: “I urge my Hindu and Sikh British compatriots: don’t fall for the divisive ways of spiritual hardliners, attempting to wedge aside our cohesive group, circulating lies on WhatsApp.”
Particulars of the messages have emerged after the president of Abroad Buddies of BJP UK, Kuldeep Singh Shekhawat, advised the Occasions of India, the group was actively campaigning for the Tories in 48 marginal seats. The BJP is India’s ruling Hindu nationalist social gathering.
He mentioned: “If the complete Indian group within the UK votes Tory, we’ll see a swing of round 40 seats to the Tories. This can swing the precise election outcome.”
At social gathering convention in September, Labour enraged the BJP when it handed a movement calling for humanitarian and worldwide observers to enter the disputed area of Kashmir. The movement got here after Delhi’s determination in August to revoke the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir.