London, Nov. 20 (ANI): Indian-origin Rajinder Singh, who blames Muslims for killing his father during the Partition of India in 1947, is set to become the first non-white member of the racist British National Party (BNP).
"I come from partitioned Punjab that saw a lot of bloodshed in 1947. Anyone escaping that genocide would pray to God, [say] never again and vote for BNP," The Independent quoted Singh, as saying.
The elderly Sikh's intense dislike of Islam has appealed to Britain's far-right party, which is taking their first steps towards lifting its membership ban on non-whites after the Human Rights Commission threatened the party with legal action.
Martin Wingfield, the BNP's communications and campaigns officer, has said: "I say adapt and survive and give the brave and loyal Rajinder Singh the honour of becoming the first ethnic minority member of the BNP."
A BNP spokesman added: "He is perhaps the kind of immigrant you want if you are going to have them."
Singh, a former teacher from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, says he would be "honoured" to become a card-carrying member of the BNP.
"I am a retired teacher, living a quiet life. I got in touch with the BNP on certain core policies that appeal to me. I also admire them since they are on their own patch, and do not wish to let anyone else oust them from the land of their ancestors," he said.
Mainstream Sikh groups condemned Rajinder Singh's moves.
Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, said: "Sikhism stresses equality for all human beings. Therefore Sikhs who are true to their faith, will having nothing whatsoever to do with any party that favours any one section of the community." (ANI)