UK’s first Sikh woman MP Preet Kaur Gill too has roots in Jalandhar
Extended family organises ‘akhand path’ at Jamsher village gurdwarapunjab Updated: Jun 09, 2017 21:18 IST
Upbeat with the news of Preet Kaur Gill, 44, becoming the first Sikh woman MP in the UK on Friday, her extended family at Jamsher village, 14 km from here, organised an ‘akhand path’ and ‘langar’ at the village gurdwara.
Gill, who is UK-born, has her roots in the village. Her father, Daljit Singh, had moved and settled in the UK in 1962.
“I received an early morning call from Preet to inform us that she had won the election. It is a really proud moment for us. If her father were alive today, he would have been the happiest person,” said Kuldeep Singh, her cousin.
Kuldeep said Gill had visited India three months back to attend his son Manraj’s wedding. She told us she was about to get the Labour ticket for the elections.
“She worked really hard for this,” he said.
Gill, a Labour councillor in Sandwell, has also served as a board member of the Sikh Network. The Sikh Network has produced Sikh Manifesto and UK Sikh Survey. Sikh Federation (UK) had also actively campaigned for her in the polls.