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  • The declaration of a noticeable Sikh leader Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu was delayed
  • The move has apparently vexed the British-Sikh community 
  • Sikh Federation UK says the designation of Sidhu to the House of Lords has been deferred and the declaration is normal in January

LONDON: Labor pioneer Sir Keir Starmer’s office is under extraordinary weight from the compelling British-Sikh people group after a prominent  Sikh pioneer and basic liberties lobbyist’s declaration to the UK House of Lords was delayed.

Reportedly, a column has broken out after Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu, head guide to Sikh Federation UK, was going to be declared as one of the new political friends last Tuesday however his name was missing when the rundown was delivered by Downing Street albeit driving writers were given his name in the morning. 

The excessive postponement, as per sources, has caused alarm among the British-Sikh community.

As per reports, the declaration of Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu, a solid ally and backer of Sikh causes, was dropped yet the Sikh Federation UK said in a proclamation that the selection of Sidhu to the House of Lords has been deferred and the declaration is normal in January.


“Our understanding is (Labor pioneer) Keir Starmer prescribed Dabinderjit to fill one of the assignments given to the Labor Party by the executive. The House of Lords’ arrangements bonus did all the vital checks and closed weeks prior [that] Dabinderjit was of acceptable remaining in the network and had no worries on his past lead that would raise doubt about his arrangement to the House of Lords as a Labor peer,” the Sikh Federation said in the statement. 

“Dabinderjit’s name then went to the prime minister and Buckingham Palace for the formal sign-off. The Formal sign-off had been obtained and the only matter outstanding was a public announcement,” it added.

The Sikh Federation’s statement noted that minutes before the list was released on Monday, Labour decided to delay Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu’s announcement as a peer.

“Much has been made in the Indian media of Dabinderjit’s support for the re-establishment of an independent Sikh state. This should not be a matter of concern for Labour as there are many MPs and Lords who have strong personal views in relation to Kashmir, Palestine, and the establishment of other independent states,” the statement added.

Indian media has published several fake stories to discredit Dabinderjit Singh linking him to banned Khalistan groups but Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu has never been a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) which is banned in India but not in Europe.

Voicing support for Dabinderjit Sikhs on social media, leading Sikh businessman Professor Peter Virdee wrote: “Representation in the House of Lords bridge grassroots communities closer to Parliament. Dabinjerjit has been working for decades on Sikh issues. Disappointed at how peer nominations for credible community candidates can be discarded last minute based on a few small voices.”

In a strong statement addressed to Labour leader Sir Starmer, the Sikh Network said it expected Labour to honour the original, positive, and correct decision to appoint Dabinjerjit, an executive at the National Audit Office (NAO), as a UK Labour peer.

It said: “The scandal to withdraw can be forgotten and forgiven once he’s reconfirmed.”

Taking to Twitter, the Sikh Network condemned the “shameful attack to discredit Dabinderjit, one of UK’s most active and prominent volunteers who has worked tirelessly to protect and defend Sikh identity, human  rights and raised the political voice & influence of UK Sikhs.”

Ravinder Singh, Chief Executive of Khalsa Aid, stated: “Witch hunt continues against Sikhs who are politically active and are British citizens! This time it is Dabinderjit who is being targeted! I hope Keir Starmer doesn’t allow pettiness to cloud his judgement on ‪Dabinderjit Singh.”

Dabinderjit Singh has intentionally upheld the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs throughout the previous 15 years for the Sikh Federation UK.

The association buckled down for the appointment of the main Sikh Labor MP Preet Gill and the principal turban-wearing Sikh, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.

An Indian distribution composed that Dabinderjit Singh’s arrangement was dropped because of weight from the Indian people group and that “a major diplomatic situation has been averted ahead of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India in January as Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations.”

While Dabinderjit Singh’s appointment was delayed, British Pakistani Wajid Khan, former Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West England and Founder of Labour friends of Kashmir, was raised to the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Sikh groups have pointed out that if Wajid Khan, who is a staunch supporter of India’s liberation from Kashmir, can be appointed by the Labour Party then why not an advocate of the Sikh rights. 

Read more: British man of Pakistani origin appointed as member of UK’s House of Lords

Gillian Merron, the Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, also faced opposition by some Labour MPs but their announcements were not delayed, it has been reported.

Dabinderjit Singh has not made any statement but on Twitter, he said: “Many thanks for the hundreds of messages of support from across the globe. I have been overwhelmed with thousands of messages and phone calls of support from Gurdwaras, Sikh organisations and individuals across the political spectrum and across the globe who recognise my public service and contribution to the Sikh community over the last two decades. I hope I will one day be able to repay the massive support and well wishes.”

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