Khalistan referendum falls flat to gain support
As per the sources in the government, the recent action against NRIs and OCIs involved in “anti-India” activities acted as a “deterrent” against the call given by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for a referendum on Khalistan in the UK.
The Indian Government can take more action in such cases, the sources added.
The Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), had organized the referendum to carve out Khalistan in India.
The SFJ has badly failed to gain the support of the Sikhs living in London despite the efforts of different outfits associated with the Khalistan movement such as the Federation of Sikh Organization and the World Sikh Parliament.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the UK to attend a global summit on Climate Change the SFJ based in the US, a banned organization in India, “deliberately” tried to organize a referendum at the same time.
Sources said that the organizers had arranged hundreds of buses to bring Sikhs from the remote areas of the UK but they could only gather less than 2,000 people.
The SFJ had given a call to all the Sikhs above the age of 18 to vote in the referendum. Some of them who arrived at the voting center also raised slogans in favour of Khalistan.
However, a few people turned out to vote.
Recently, the Indian authorities had taken action against some NRIs and OCI cardholders for protesting before the Indian Embassies abroad and cancelled the long-term visas and OCI status.
Though the exact number against whom the action was taken was not revealed it was learned that 12 Indians living in Canada faced the music.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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