Following Leicester East senior councillor John Thomas' resignation, another member of the Labour Party has now submitted his resignation. Karan Modha, in his resignation letter claims that “only three people voted for” Claudia Webbe at the meeting that chose the replacement candidate for Keith Vaz.
On Wednesday 20th November, Modha in his letter also stated that Labour has now become an “anti-Indian party”. He further highlighted that the party has taken the community for “granted”. The Leicester based businessman wrote,
“The Labour Party has taken our community in Belgrave and Rushey Mead for granted. We have been treated as a vote bank. Community facilities such as the Belgrave Library and the Recreation Centre on Gleneagles Way are only still open because of community campaigns.”
Recently, Labour Party has been plunged into a myriad of controversies with the appointment of Claudia Webbe, a former Islington councillor. Other Indian-origin politicians including Navin Shah and Sundip Meghani have also accused the Party of the “breach in selection process” with regards to the appointment procedure in Leicester East.
Labour leader Corbyn also faced considerable flak from Councillor John Thomas who quit the Party after calling Corybn ‘the Hoki Koki leader, in out, shake it all about’ who had turned Labour into a laughing stock. Now, Modha in his letter also drew attention to another important fact. He wrote,
“In Leicester East after being represented by a British Indian heritage MP for 32 years, the Labour Party brought to Leicester a councillor from the London Borough of Islington. Only three people voted for her at the meeting that chose her. This is not democracy. It is a return to the Days of the Raj. Labour is now an anti-Indian Party.”
Modha further emphasised “we must not be taken for granted” urging the community to join him in “boycotting Labour for this election”.