Sunak vs Starmer: Will the whole game change, why is the role of Indians so important in the British elections?

Voting is scheduled for the general elections in Britain on Thursday. In these elections, the opposition Labour Party is expected to return to power after 14 years. Also, there is a possibility of a crushing defeat of PM Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party. In 2019, the Labour Party got only 202 seats, then the Labour Party was led by Jeremy Corbyn. After taking charge in the Labour Party in 2019, Starmer promised not to increase taxes on working families and to secure the border instead of deporting immigrants. Eliminated anti-Semitism from the Labour Party. Starmer grew up in a left-wing working class family in Surrey, outside London, his father was a toolmaker. He studied law from Leeds and Oxford. As a young lawyer, Starmer represented protesters accused of defamation by McDonald’s. Then he became Britain’s chief prosecutor and was awarded knighthood.

when the result?

Voting has started at 7 am on 4th July. Results will start coming from 12 midnight and the situation will be clear by 5 am on 5th July. Voting will be held from 12.30 pm on Thursday to 3.30 am on Friday as per Indian time. Time can be extended if necessary. Results will start coming from 5.30 am on Friday and the situation will be clear by 10.30 am.

Who are the prominent Indian origin candidates?

Prominent British Indian candidates to watch out for in the elections include Praful Nargund, who is contesting for the Labour Party in Islington North, the seat of suspended former party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and is contesting as an independent candidate. Other Labour candidates include Jas Athwal in Iford South, Baigy Shankar in Derby South, Satvir Kaur in Southampton Test and Harpreet Uppal in Huddersfield. Indore-born former deputy mayor of London for Business Rajesh Agarwal is contesting for the first time as an MP from Leicester East. He is pitted against another Indian-origin candidate from the rival Conservative Party, Shivani Raja. Goan MP Keith Vaz is also in the race as an independent candidate. The Conservatives have also fielded Ameet Jogia in Hendon, Chandra Kanneganti in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Kenyan-Gujarati Muslim councillor Abbas Merali in Harrow West. The Labour Party is contesting against Varinder Joos in Wolverhampton West, Gurinder Singh Josan in Smethwick and Bihar-born Kanishka Narayan in Vale of Glamorgan. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is reportedly likely to lose his seat in Richmond and Northallerton. His former colleagues Priti Patel and Suella Braverman are expected to perform better in Witham and Fareham and Waterlooville respectively. The Labour Party has also nominated Navendu Mishra in Stockport, while Preet Kaur Gill, the first British Sikh woman MP to serve as the UK Shadow Minister for Primary Care and Public Health, was re-elected from Birmingham Edgbaston in 2019. Other Labour MPs include Lisa Nandy in Wigan, Seema Malhotra in Feltham and Valerie Vaz in Heston and Walsall South.

What will be the role of Indians?

Indian voters play a decisive role in about 50 out of 650 seats in Britain. Out of these 50 seats, candidates of Indian origin have been winning in 15 seats like Leicester, Birmingham, Coventry, South Hall and Harross for the last two elections. This time Indian voters are angry with the ruling Conservative Party on these seats, while the candidates of the opposition Labor Party are getting tremendous support. In the last general election held in 2019, 15 MPs of Indian origin were elected, many of whom are contesting again. Apart from them, many people of Indian origin are contesting general elections for the first time.

Labor’s poor relationship with the Indian community

The Indian community is one of the largest communities in Britain. However, their relationship with the Labour Party has not been so smooth in the past. During the tenure of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the party experienced a drop in support from the Indian community due to alleged anti-India sentiments and controversies related to Kashmir. This factor brought Indians closer to the Conservatives. Which helped in the election of Indian-origin Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister. The Labour Party under Starmer has recognised the growing political clout of the Indian-origin population and has tried to curb ‘anti-India sentiments’. It has also focused its foreign policy approach on issues deemed important for British Indians. The Labour Party is focusing on highlighting how they are set to complete a free trade agreement with India after the Tories missed the Diwali 2022 deadline.

Leaders going to Hindu temple

There are 1 million Hindus in the total population of the United Kingdom, and the leaders there are playing the religion card to attract them. For the first time ahead of the British general election, a ‘Hindu manifesto’ was launched by a group of British Hindu organizations, calling on elected representatives to take active steps to protect Hindu places of worship and tackle anti-Hindu hatred. According to the 2021 census, about 1 million people living in Britain identify as Hindu, making this a large part of the electorate in the July 4 general election. In the last weekend of the election campaign, Sunak visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden to promise to continue to make the community proud, while Starmer chose the Swaminarayan Temple in Kingsbury to reiterate his commitment to building a strategic partnership with India.

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