Hindu charity investigated over apparent backing for Conservatives

Third Sector reports:

The Charity Commission will contact the National Council of Hindu Temples about concerns that the charity has urged Hindus and others to vote Conservative in the general election.

The NCHT, which registered with the commission in 1980, published a letter on its website, dated 3 May, [which] says: “On the basis of a sequence of acts of religious persecution of British Hindus, detailed below, by the parliamentary Labour Party, we confirm that we wholly understand and agree with the sentiment recently expressed by one of our younger volunteers, who stated that ‘British Hindus, Sikhs and Jains voting for Labour is now like turkeys voting for Christmas’.”

The letter says both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have pledged that if elected they would immediately introduce legislation that would “effectively introduce a caste system here in the UK”.

It does not make clear where this commitment to introduce a caste system is made. Labour’s manifesto does not use the word “caste”, while the Liberal Democrat manifesto says that the party would “outlaw caste discrimination”…

The letter says: “This is NOT a recommendation for members of the dharmic communities to vote for a particular party, but it would be unfair not to recognise that the Conservative Party is the only principal party which has rejected the process whereby this legislation was forced through, and the Conservative Party is the only party which has consistently listened to us and voted against this legislation and whose members are committed to repealing the caste amendment if re-elected.”

This incident follows the problem four charities got into during the election for signing a letter to the Daily Telegraph urging people to vote Conservative.

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