Jalandhar village celebrates; Dhesi became first turbaned Sikh MP in UK. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turbaned Sikh MP, in the UK on Friday. His native Raipur village, 17 km from Jalandhar cantonment, was festive and upbeat. Tanmanjeet’s uncle, Paramjit Singh Raipur, a senior Akali leader in Jalandhar, said it is a proud moment not only for the family but also for Punjab. “Tanmanjeet has created history. We are celebrating his win by distributing sweets and organising a langar (community kitchen).”Former Improvement Trust chairman Paramjit Singh Raipur said that Dhesi and his family used to stay at his house during their visits. Paramjeet Kumar, a resident of the village, says, “Tanmanjeet has brought laurels to the village. I hope his win will give strengthen between India and England.”Dhesi was born in Britain but he did his primary education in Punjab. He studied for four years at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, and for two years at Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib. He lives with his parents in Britain.Tanmanjeet’s father, Jaspal Singh Dhesi, runs a construction company in the UK. He visited Jalandhar in December 2016 and is expected in Punjab next month. The newly elected MP’s mother, Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, is a friend of former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur and a co-accused in the Harpreet Kaur murder case.The former Gravesham mayor studied in three of the most prestigious universities of the UK, including University College, London, Oxford University and Cambridge University. After completing his studies, Dhesi joined the Labour Party. He got elected as councillor from the Northfleet North ward in Gravesham in 2007, from where he has been elected again.
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