San Francisco: Over 127,000 American Sikhs cast their votes for the Khalistan Referendum on American soil, following the US government’s prevention of an assassination attempt on Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a prominent pro-Khalistan leader.
In a huge turnout, Sikhs of all ages formed orderly queues from early morning to cast their vote for the creation of Khalistan. The independent Punjab Referendum Commission (PRC) announced that 127,000 Sikhs were able to cast their votes while around 30,000 remained in queues and unable to vote due to shortage of time.
The Commission member, Paul Jacobs, announced the next phase of the Khalistan Referendum will take place in Sacramento, CA, on 31st March to accommodate those who were unable to cast their votes.
The United States government had permitted pro-Khalistan secessionist group Sikh for Justice (SFJ) to conduct Khalistan Freedom Referendum under the First Amendment Act on its soil, despite Indian objections.
Diplomatic relations between India and America have hit a low after the US State Department openly accused India of trying to kill its citizen Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the founder and leader of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and Khalistan Referendum who arrived at the voting centre amid heavy security, on the US soil in an open violation of the sovereignty of the United States of America.
The voting took place while India was calling on the US to arrest Khalistani Sikhs who had attacked the Indian Consulate in San Francisco a few weeks ago.