NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is unapologetic for attending rallies featuring Sikh extremists who extolled political violence to create a homeland separate from India, but says he has no view as a Canadian federal politician on the issue of Sikh independence. Mr. Singh also acknowledged, for the first time, that he now accepts that Talwinder Singh Parmar was the mastermind of the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh participated in a pro-sovereignty seminar in 2016 with the co-founder of the British-based National Sikh Youth Federation who endorsed the use of political violence as a “legitimate form of resistance” to achieve an independent Sikh homeland in India. This is the second instance where Mr. Singh has taken part in events where Sikh extremists denounced India and called for an independent state known as Khalistan.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh took part in a separatist Sikh homeland rally in San Francisco in June of 2015 that venerated a violent Sikh religious leader who was killed in the Indian army assault on the Golden Temple in 1984. Mr. Singh, then an NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, was invited to speak at a “sovereignty rally” where speakers denounced India and called for an independent Sikh state known as Khalistan.
Here’s the backdrop at the Sikh rally where Jagmeet Singh spoke in San Francisco in 2015. (This screen capture is from a wide shot of the stage when another speaker is talking.) Note the big poster behind the podium that reads: “Sovereignty Rally.” https://t.co/vW4LlQHkA0
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