Anger as ‘anti-Muslim extremist’ Tapan Ghosh attends Parliament events

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House of Commons officials are set for a formal complaint over the appearance of the controversial activist Tapan Ghosh.

By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter

A Government-backed group tackling Islamophobia are demanding a formal investigation after an “anti-Muslim extremist” attended two events in Parliament.

TellMAMA, who record incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime, will submit a complaint to House of Commons officials over the appearance of Tapan Ghosh at a meeting and a reception last week.

 The independent organisation, which receive some public funding, criticised a failure to conduct “due diligence” on attendees of a Diwali celebration on the House of Commons terrace and a subsequent discussion in a parliamentary committee room.

Mr Ghosh describes himself on Twitter as an “uncompromising Hindu activist” who is “determined to fight against Islamic aggression and expansion”.

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He has also shared pictures of himself with former English Defence League leader Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson.

Anti-racism campaigners Hope Not Hate have also attracted thousands of signatures to their petition condemning those politicians who shared a platform with Mr Ghosh.

Tory MP Bob Blackman hosted Mr Ghosh in his role as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for British Hindus.

Labour MP Naz Shah raised a point of order in the House of Commons on Thursday to criticise Mr Ghosh’s attendance at the two events.

She told MPs: “Mr Ghosh holds abhorrent views, is on record for calling upon the United Nations to control the birth rate of Muslims, praising the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and also said Muslims should be forced to leave their religion if they come to a western country.

“It seems incredible to me that any member would think it would be acceptable to host a meeting with this individual, let alone invite him to our House of Commons.”

Responding, Mr Blackman said: “Let me be clear, I did not invite Tapan Ghosh to this House of Commons.

“I hosted, in my capacity as chairman of the all-party parliamentary group for British Hindus, two functions last Wednesday [18 October], at which Tapan Ghosh attended.”

He added Mr Ghosh was invited by the National Council of Hindu Temples to attend the discussion event and “present evidence of physical attacks, rapes and false marriages and false conversions that have taken place in west Bengal and other places”.

“It was only in that capacity as presenting that evidence that that individual was invited to this House,” Mr Blackman said.

“He made no abhorrent remarks at the meeting, and I am quite clear that both myself and the National Council of Hindu Temples do not agree with his views that have previously stated, do not accept them, we do not endorse them in any shape or form.”

Mr Blackman told Sky News he was unaware of Mr Ghosh’s past comments prior to the event and would not have been able to prevent his appearance had he wished to.

A Parliamentary spokesperson told Sky News: “When organising meetings and events members may invite guests of their choice to attend and it is not for the House authorities to influence this.

“It is not compulsory for a member to disclose an invite list to the House in advance of a meeting.

“The appropriate use of committee and meeting rooms on the Parliamentary Estate and the expected conduct of members is outlined in the Code of Conduct.

“Complaints that members have breached the rules can be made to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards who may investigate accordingly. ”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was among Cabinet ministers in attendance at the Diwali event, where she addressed guests.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary fundamentally disagrees with Mr Ghosh’s views on Islam.

“The Home Secretary accepted an invitation from the Hindu Forum of Britain to attend an event in Parliament last week to celebrate Diwali.”She did not speak to Mr Ghosh and was not present when he spoke.”

Source:Sky Newsgot-a-story-2


 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Labour MP Naz Shah should concentrate on attacking and defeating Islamic extremism and terrorism instead of attacking people who are prepared to stand up to such terrorism.

  2. While what is happening to Burmese Muslims of Bangladeshi origin is ethnic cleansing of the worse kind and should not be acceptable in this day and age, should be condemned by every one without reservation, but there is double standard when Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Parcis and other minorities are ethnically cleansed in Muslim countries like Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Bangladesh, a few among many countries that have undergone such ethnic cleansing without a murmur from the West, our MPs or any so called human rights organizations in the West have maintained golden silence. While our Muslims MPs, to their credit, are willing to stand-up for their fellow Muslims, our Indian MPs hardly contribute, come to our or India’s aid. They even fail to attend any such meetings on Kashmir. Bob Blackman is the only true friend we have in HOC.

  3. Mr. Tapan Ghosh must be commended for being brave enough to stand up for the truth. When will the world awaken and see what the muslims are doing and plan on accomplishing?

  4. It seems to me nobody is allowed to criticise islam or point out injustices carried out by muslims.I have had a look at mr Ghosh’s twitter account. I don’t find anything he says to be extreme. He is mostly commenting on what muslims are doing and voices his opinions. Yes sometimes he says things that appear extreme but in the context of islamic extremism it is rather mild. Hindus have been wiped out in bangladesh and Pakistan yet not even hindus are protesting about this. Hindus have been removed from their homeland of Kashmir yet all this evidence of the muslim agenda to expand displace make extinct other people is passing by those in power. It seems Naz Shah is in the business of shutting people down who expose the behaviour of muslims be they victims of child sex exploitation gangs or harmless bloggers who are doing the job of those in power.

  5. For BBC to even bring this as credible story proves the point how biased the so called national media is against the peace loving Hindus. That too based upon comments from the MO well known for anti Semitic views and also who attacked her own fellow Party MP Sarah Champion who wrote that VBritain had problem with Pakistani men exploiting white vulnerable English girls. So anyone reading the news about Mr Ghosh who was adveresky and wrongly criticised by ‘pot calling the kettle ‘ and Muslim loving Naz Shah should just ignore her. The fact that she’s elected on religious ticket also proves how inept the Labour Party is in dealing with her anti Semitic views and also hurting glfeelings of peace loving communities

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