Johnson visits Sikh temple to woo voters

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images).

Prime minister Boris Johnson donned a traditional Sikh headwear while visiting a temple on Sunday (17).

Johnson also got an opportunity to sample traditional Sikh cuisine while on a visit to the Gurdwara Sri Guru Sabha Sikh Temple in Southall in London in a bid to woo voters.

In 2017, Johnson drew the ire of Sikh supporters after he praised lower duties on alcohol sales in India while visiting a Sikh temple.

Some Sikh teachings forbid the consumption of alcohol, and Johnson was forced to apologise for the gaffe.

The December 12 election is expected to break the deadlock over Brexit, and Johnson hopes to win a majority.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he said: “If we get a majority Conservative government we can deliver and there will be no more wrangling or dither or delay.”

Johnson has also promised that all immigrants will be treated the same if they come to power.

“As we come out of the EU we have a new opportunity for fairness and to make sure all those who come here are treated the same,” the prime minister was quoted as saying. “We will make our immigration system equal.”

According to reports, the Conservatives lead Labour by 10-17 points.

Latest poll from Yougov puts Johnson’s Conservatives on 45 per cent, with Corbyn’s Labour Party trailing on 28 per cent.

A separate poll from Opinium on Friday puts the Tories on 44 per cent with Labour on 28 per cent.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused the possibility of a coalition government if his party fails to secure a majority.

He said: “We are not forming coalition governments, we will put forward the programme on which we will have been elected.

“The SNP will have a choice, do they want to put Boris Johnson back in … or are they going to say a Labour government will deliver for Scotland.”