Following the controversy that broke up due to resignation of cabinet minister Navdeep Bains over his alleged involvement in corruption cases, the Liberal Party has removed parliamentarian Ramesh Singh Sangha from the Liberal caucus, reportedly, for speaking against Khalistani elements within the Liberal Party. He now continues to be an MP, but an independent one.
In a statement, chief government Whip Mark Holland said the Punjab-origin MP who represents the riding of Brampton Centre in the Greater Toronto Area was ejected for making “baseless and dangerous accusations against a number of his caucus colleagues”.
Holland added that after he was made aware of the accusations, he consulted with Trudeau and “the necessary steps were taken”.
The nature of the accusations was not explained in Holland’s statement, though Sangha has in the past alleged that his party was “pandering” to pro-Khalistan elements.
As National Post reported in 2019, he had told Punjabi-language radio channel 5AAB, “There is no doubt, there cannot be two opinions that the Liberal Party is pandering to Khalistan supporters.”
More recently, while commenting on the resignation of Sikh cabinet minister Navdeep Bains, Sangha asked during the course of an interview with Y Network, another Punjabi-language group, “Are such people fit to be ministers?”
Sangha was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2015 defeating a minister in the previous Conservative Party government, Bal Gosal.
He was re-elected in 2019. Considered a pro-India Sikh MP, he was also former chair of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Khalistanis break statue of Mahatma Gandhi
Khalistanis in California, meanwhile, distributed sweets to celebrate the hoisting of the Nishan Sahib, the holy symbol of the Sikhs, by the rioting mob on the Red Fort on Republic Day. . They also broke the statue of Mahatma Gandhi placed in Davis, California.
The Khalistan supporters also held a protest outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC in support of the protest against farm laws in India.
Carrying Khalistani flags and placards saying “we are farmers, not terrorists”, they raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government.
Khalistan flag at Indian embassy in Rome
The Khalistanis also raised their flag at the Indian Embassy in Rome, Italy.
In the video, shared by Asianet, the walls of the Indian Embassy in Rome could be seen painted with “Khalistan Zindabad” slogan. The news report also claimed that torn copies of the Indian constitution were thrown on the floor by the Khalistanis.