UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after talking about alcohol got slammed by angry Sikh devotees at a gurudwara in Bristol, U.K.
Johnson’s comments, with regards to the UK, signing an agreement with India to abolish taxes on Indian imports of British whisky, invited bad reaction from a female Sikh worshipper.
Johnson was at the Shri Guru Nanak Prakash Singh Sabha gurudwara at St George’s in Bristol to campaign for the Conservative party for the upcoming general elections in the United Kingdom.
While at the gurudwara, Johnson, who was seen wearing an orange turban, spoke about how a future Conservative UK government would increase free trade and sign a deal to abolish India’s 150 per cent duty on imports of British whisky.
“I hope I’m not embarrassing anybody here by saying that when we go to India, we have to bring ‘clinky’ in our luggage,” Johnson said, adding, “We have to bring Johnnie Walker.”
This invited a strong reaction from a female devotee, identified as Balbir Kaur, who said, “The core of our Sikhism is that alcohol should not be something that our people should be having. It is one of the things we are against.”
“And you are standing in a Sikh Gurudwara and talking about alcohol in front of our Guru Granth Sahib, which is not right,”.
Johnson said in reply, “I am very sorry if you think alcohol is a bad thing…I understand your point of view.”