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'SFJ's UK rally lacked support for Referendum 2020'

ANI | Updated: Aug 13, 2018 18:58 IST

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] August 13: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh opined that the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) rally in London exposed the total lack of ground support for the Referendum 2020, even outside India. In a statement, Singh dismissed the entire affair as a futile exercise by a sham organisation to create trouble in India, particularly Punjab.
"The Sikhs for Justice (SJF) are just a group of fringe elements that are playing into the hands of Pakistan's ISI to divide India, but they have failed, and will continue to fail in their nefarious designs. The presence of Pakistani politicians at the rally confirms that it was out and out an ISI plot, which fell through, just as their attempts to create trouble in India have been failing all these years," the stamen read.
Amarinder further lashed out at the UK government for allowing the protestors to use Trafalgar Square, instead of the usual Hyde Park, and claimed that this showed the total complacency of the British government in the issue.
He further said that the entire referendum business was nothing but a money-making racket of the SFJ, with no takers for the so-called campaign either in India, or even outside, as is evident from the poor show at the rally.
"There was virtually nil local support for the rally and whatever little support they had managed to garner was of similar fringe elements from various countries. Some of these Kashmiris were forced to wear turbans to make them look like Sikhs," he claimed, citing ground reports and the handful of Sikhs around had evidently been forced to come, he added.
The Chief Minister warned the SFJ and all other such anti-India forces to stay out of the country and refrain from any attempt to foment trouble in Punjab, or any other part of India.
"Their efforts will backfire on them, he said, adding that his government would deal with such elements with an iron hand. Nobody would be allowed to disturb the peace and the communal harmony in the state," he cautioned. (ANI)

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