India's Independence Day Celebrations Planned in UK to Counter Pro-Khalistan Rally
The organizers of the event, 'We Stand With India', accused the group behind the pro-Khalistan rally, 'London Declaration for a Referendum 2020', of spreading lies about the event being canceled.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi had issued a statement on Thursday, expressing its disappointment at the stance.
"We have said that it seeks to propagate violence, secessionism, and hatred and we expect them to take into account the larger perspective of the relationship when they take a decision on such matters," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"If they have any merit in their argument, then they should go to Punjab and fight the election on the agenda of Khalistan. There is no point embarrassing Sikhs at large along with their Gurus by behaving in an undemocratically manner in a foreign country with a demand of a referendum which is not binding on anyone," he said.
Besides the UK's left-wing Green Party, no major British political party or leader has come forward to back the rally.
Scotland Yard said it had not received any complaints regarding the event which will be allowed to go ahead without any restrictions.
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