Brent Tories support alleged ‘Butcher of Gujerat’
In September 2013, Brent North Labour MP, Barry Gardiner, faced the wrath of demonstrators at Brent Civic Centre LINK, over his controversial invitation to Narendra Modi, to address the House of Commons. Modi has been accused of collusion in the massacre of Muslims in the Gujerat in 2002 when more than 1,500 died and many were made homeless. Modi was Gujerat Chief Minister at the time and Human Rights Watch found evidence of state complicity in the violence. Modi leader, of the nationalist BJP is tipped to win the forthcoming April election with many fearing that it will herald an era of extreme Hindu nationalism and religious intolerance.
Kanta Mistry of the Queensbury Action Team
The September invitation was issued by both Labour Friends of India and Conservative Friends of India. An unofficial Lab-Con ‘Coalition for Modi’ exists in Brent North with members of the ‘Queensbury Conservative Action Team’ among those campaigning for Modi. The action team are likely to be the Conservative candidates for Queensbury ward in the May local election.
Their website LINK has the strapline ‘Local Issues-Local Action-Local Conservatives’ which seems a long way from the politics of India on which they have been campaigning
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