Pro-Khalistani radical Amar Singh has received the backing of the Liberal Party ahead of elections in the country. Singh has emerged as one of the key faces of the party in Sydney’s Parramatta seat. Interestingly, he was awarded the Parramatta ‘citizen of the year’ earlier this year.
Singh is reported to have triggered tensions between Hindus and Sikhs last year during the farmer protests. Furthermore, several videos show him defending the demand for a separate Khalistan. It has come to light that he’ll now canvass for the Liberal Party in the upcoming polls scheduled to take place on May 21.
In a recent event, Liberal party’s Parramatta candidate Maria Kovacic received support from the pro-Khalistani radical Amar Singh. Liberal Party MP and immigration minister of Australia Alex Hawke also attended the event. Kovacic is said to have promised huge donations to Turban4Australia founded by Singh. The so-called charitable organization is used by him to further his anti-Hindu agenda.
“Turbans 4 Australia is also a part of a Hinduphobic NGO group called the Australian Alliance Against Hate and Violence (AAAHAV), which had in the past maligned Hindus and stoked fear psychosis among Australians by claiming that Australia is least prepared to counter the allegedly ‘rising threat of Hindu far-right extremism’. Calling upon politicians, and federal and state governments to ‘urgently recognize the threat of far-right Hindu extremism’, and urged to take concrete steps to address this threat”, noted OpIndia.
Incidentally, the Paramatta federal constituency has the highest Hindu population in the country that the Liberal Party hopes to tap. However, Hindus weren’t impressed with the Party’s move of joining hands with Singh. One of the Hindu voters opined “This man (Amar Singh) spoke against Hindus during the Harris Park violence between Khalistanis and patriotic Hindu Indians”.
It has come to light that Singh had come out strongly in support of Khalistanis who had crashed with patriotic Hindu Bharatiyas at Harris Park. He had even termed the demand for Khalistan ‘democratic right’. Earlier, Singh had been spotted hobnobbing with Green Leaders Senator David Shoebridge and Mehreen Faruqi among others. It must be noted that Shoebridge had called VHP and RSS ‘neo nazis’ and criticized Bharat for enacting the CAA and revoking Article 370.
His contempt for Bharat is evident from the manner in which he speaks against the country in things as simple as sports. Amar Singh’s Hindumisia also comes through in his posts where he resorts to the oft-repeated derogatory ‘cow urine’ jibe. There are also allegations of Singh having shot his own father over a property dispute.
This yet again highlights how vote-bank politics was triggering support for radical Sikhs by Australian authorities. Sikhs constitute 2% of Bharat’s population but in Australia, they form around a third of the 500,000 Bharatiya immigrant community. They are religious people who don’t fail to turn up to Gurudwaras every week. Many of these Gurudwaras happen to be controlled by Khalistani elements, who don’t miss an opportunity to invite local politicians to their Sunday feasts. When someone claiming to be the representative of such a vocal and united social group approaches a minister, action can be extracted in exchange for a promise of votes.
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