Rajinder Singh party’s apparent choice
23rd November 2009: Nearly three months after the Equality and Human Rights Commission asserted British National Party’s action of limiting its membership to those of an "ethnic origin" was illegal, the party is all set to enroll first non-white member.
Available information suggests Rajinder Singh, who once appeared on the BNP’s internet TV channel, is the party’s choice.
The elderly Sikh is known to blame the Muslims for his father’s death; and is often referred to as an anti-Islamic activist. It is believed Rajinder Singh has been claiming Islam is based on “deception, fraud and surprise attack” ; and has lent his support to the far-right party for the last decade.
Rajinder Singh was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but fled communal tensions and came to Britain in 1967.
A former teacher from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, he has all along believed the BNP can be persuaded to accept Sikhs as British.
The move comes soon after BNP leader Nick Griffin said ‘Islam and our society don’t mix’. Griffin had, in fact, asserted the religion had its good points, but it did not fit in with the fundamental values of British society, free speech, democracy and equal rights for women.
BNP spokesman John Walker said Rajinder Singh would be the ideal first non-white candidate to join the party. He said if the party was going to open up BNP membership to non-whites, Rajinder Singh would be a good person to sign up. He has been supportive of the party for years; he was in Britain, and fully accepted the membership criteria.
Rajinder Singh, 78, meanwhile, said he would be honoured to become a member of the BNP because it is the “only party who has the guts to say the word Muslim”.