36 British MPs back Indian farmers protest, wants UK to raise issue with Indian government
36 British MPs back Indian farmers protest, wants UK to raise issue with Indian government

36 British MPs have written to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, requesting him to raise the issue of farmers’ protest with Narendra Modi led NDA government. The Members of Parliament represents different parties including Indian origin and others representing the constituents with links in Punjab. 

Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi coordinated the letter that seeks an urgent meeting with Raab and an update on representations the foreign office may have made with India on the issue, including during the recent London visit by foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Various MPs from Labour, Conservative and Scottish National Party, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra, Valerie Vaz, Nadia Whittome, Peter Bottomley, John McDonnell, Martin Docherty-Hughes and Alison Thewliss have signed the letter. The letter says: “This is an issue of particular concern to Sikhs in the UK and those linked to the Punjab, although it also heavily impacts on other Indian states. Many British Sikhs and Punjabis have taken this matter up with their MPs, as they (are) directly affected with family members and ancestral land in the Punjab”.

The letter alleges that Indian governmnet fail “to protect farmers from exploitation and to ensure fair prices for their produce”. Labour MP from Birmingham Edgbaston and leader of the All Party Parliamentary Party for British Sikhs, Preet Kaur Gill, reacted to images of protests from Delhi: “This is no way to treat citizens who are peacefully protesting over the controversial Farmers Bill in India”. 

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