British Kashmiri To Stand For UK By-Election

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British Kashmiri To Stand For UK By-Election

Ankit Love was among 12 candidates in this year's mayoral elections in May in London

London:  A 32-year-old British-Kashmiri musician who set up his One Love party last year has announced his candidacy for a by-election for a west London constituency next month.

Ankit Love was among 12 candidates in this year's mayoral elections in May in London even though his defeat in the two- way contest between Conservative party candidate Zac Goldsmith and Labour's Sadiq Khan was inevitable.

Mr Khan's resounding victory has not put him off standing in the Richmond Park by-election, triggered by Goldsmith's resignation as an MP following the UK government's decision to break his campaign pledge of not allowing a third runway to be built at Heathrow airport, which falls within the west London constituency.

"The One Love party aims to convey a universal message of unity and peace for all mankind," he said, in reference to his campaign message.

Mr Love is a former MTV artist who also made some news last year when he declared himself the maharaja of the Dogra dynasty of Jammu and Kashmir as the son of Bhim Singh, former president of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party.

His LinkedIn profile refers to him as "HH the Emperor (Maharaja), Sovereign State of Jammu and Kashmir".

His party said that it would prioritise reducing air pollution in London and promote the use of driverless electric cars.

Some of Mr Love's other plans include free higher level education for Londoners and building more hydrogen fuel power stations and installing solar panels on as many homes as possible.

Love describes himself as a music artist, filmmaker and designer as the founder of Ankit Love Productions.

His last single, 'Spill the Milky Way', was released in 2014.

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