BJP-linked group meddling in UK polls?

Protesters rallying against the removal of Jammu and Kashmir's special status outside the Indian High Commission in London, in August. The electoral involvement of a British-based group linked to India's ruling party has prompted concerns of foreign inter
Protesters rallying against the removal of Jammu and Kashmir's special status outside the Indian High Commission in London, in August. The electoral involvement of a British-based group linked to India's ruling party has prompted concerns of foreign interference, as well as increased polarisation among the British-Indian community, where tensions have been rising over divisive issues like Kashmir. PHOTO: REUTERS

Its plans to campaign against Labour Party prompt allegations of foreign interference

The Indian government's decision to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status three months ago and impose a lockdown that is still partially in force has sparked a political controversy in Britain.

The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) in the United Kingdom, a group of British citizens allied with India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has announced it is campaigning against the Labour Party ahead of Britain's general election on Dec 12.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2019, with the headline 'BJP-linked group meddling in UK polls?'. Print Edition | Subscribe