Sanya-Jeet Thandi, a 21-year-old student who was previously the chairman of Ukip’s Young Independence London branch, today accused the party of “exploiting the stupidity of ignorant anti-immigrant voters for electoral gain” and added “while the party deliberately attracts the racist vote, I refuse to be associated with them”.
She also urged Ukip supporters to boycott the party in next Thursday’s local and European elections, as it “has descended into a form of racist populism that I cannot bring myself to vote for”.
Miss Thandi’s accusations come less than a week after Mr Farage appeared alongside a number of black and ethnic minority candidates at a rally in London, in an attempt to shake off claims Ukip is a racist party.
Miss Thandi, a British-born Indian who joined Ukip when she was 18, said: “There was none of this ‘they took our jobs’ business in the party’s youth wing when I joined three years ago. Ukip’s immigration policy, to me, was all about equality for every nationality; it was about treating Europeans and people outside the EU equally.
“But the recent racism scandals suggest, it seems, that most other Ukip voters and members support the policy – and the party – for a very different reason.
Miss Thandi specifically attacked one of Ukip’s campaign posters, which reads: “26 million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?”
She said: “The poster epitomises where the party is going wrong. This anti-immigrant campaign undermines Ukip’s claim not to be a racist party. They are turning the election into a game of ‘us’ and ‘them’.