Khalistan referendum in Canada- Over 100,000
Canadian Sikhs took part in voting
Los Angeles, Sep. 22, 2022
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Social media showed queues of men and women aligning up for the referendum. Over 100,000 Brampton, Ontario, Canadian Sikhs took part in voting for the Khalistan Referendum on September 19. Voting for the Khalistan Referendum was organised by pro-Khalistani group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said:
Canada had reportedly said:
- It is a farcical exercise that was held by extremist & radical elements in Canada. Matter was taken up with Canadian authorities. We find it deeply objectionable that politically motivated exercises are allowed in a friendly country
- It is sharpest comments on separatist activity in Canada directed against India
- You are all aware of the history of violence in this regard
- it found it “deeply objectionable” that a politically- motivated exercise by extremist elements are allowed to take place in a friendly country.
The Canadian government refused to stop them from expressing their views by holding the Khalistan Referendum and linking it with a peaceful and democratic process within the legal parameters of the country's laws. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) remained unsatisfied with the response. “Nevertheless the Government of India will continue to press the Government of Canada for action in this matter
- Its citizens had the right to assemble and to express their views peacefully and lawfully.
- it respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and that they will not recognise the so-called referendum.
The Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is a US-Canada based secessionist group that supports the secession of Punjab from India as Khalistan. The SFJ was banned in India in 2019 as an unlawful association.