Why has this Labour candidate been the target of a “deeply divisive leaflet” which backs her Tory opponent?

Uma Kumaran is the Labour PPC for Harrow East, she’s running a closely fought campaign against Tory Bob Blackman, but recently, these leaflets have been going out in the constituency, targeting her and the (in a poor third place) Lib Dem candidate over their party’s views on laws to outlaw caste discrimination. The leaflet goes on to back Blackman:


The leaflet has been distributed by the organisation Dharma Sewa Purva Paksha (DSP) – based in Leicester – whose managing editor Mukesh Naker told the Independent that he is a Tory party member, but denied that the leaflets were backed by the Tories. Blackman also said that the leaflets were “nothing to do with me”.

This appears to be the DSP’s Facebook Group, which has also published a copy of the leaflet.

Kumaran has responded to the leaflet, saying:

“I am sad that such a deeply divisive leaflet has gone out. I am standing for the whole of Harrow East: a united and diverse community. On a personal level, as a Hindu, I am appalled that my faith is being used against me. Stop, this is gutter politics. I don’t know who is behind this leaflet but it condemns me and recommends people vote for Bob Blackman and people can draw their own conclusions.”

Something doesn’t smell right here…

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