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UK Sikh MP abused online for not speaking on community issues

The abuse came after Dhesi won the right to speak at Prime Minister’s Questions and used the slot to ask about a rail link in his local area.

punjab Updated: Nov 19, 2017 15:51 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, London
UK Sikh MP,Tan Dhesi,British Sikh
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.(HT File)

A Sikh MP in the UK has been abused and targeted with threats of violence from furious trolls who think he was not speaking enough on issues related to the community, according to a media report.

Tan Dhesi, who became Labour’s MP for Slough in June, was accused of ignoring the plight of a British Sikh man who was arrested during his visit to India.

But Dhesi vowed to continue working for the whole public “regardless of background, colour or creed” rather than focussing on just one community, The Sun reported.

The abuse came after Dhesi won the right to speak at Prime Minister’s Questions and used the slot to ask about a rail link in his local area.

Trolls said he should have asked about Jagtar Singh, a Scottish activist who has arrested in India, the report said.

One troll wrote to the MP saying: “...A Sikh British citizen is being tortured in Punjab and you’re worried about rail. You have no response to that. You need a slap upside your head you fake Sikh!”

Dhesi reacted with fury and pointed out that he has repeatedly worked on Johal’s case.

“It’s hard enough serving as an MP without having to face constant abuse from various quarters (whether that’s the far- right/extremists/others who feel that I’m only interested in ‘my community’s issues’, or those from within my ‘own’ community who feel I don’t do enough),” he wrote on Facebook.

“When people resort to abuse, they are actually doing a disservice to their own cause. I will do what I genuinely feel is right, rather than be forced by anybody to follow their priorities or way of thinking.

“I am not merely a Sikh MP/representative speaking solely on Sikh issues,” Dhesi added. PTI AMS ZH

First Published: Nov 19, 2017 15:49 IST