BRISTOL, UK-Despite intoxicants of all kinds, especially alcohol, being explicitly prohibited by the Sikh Gurus, Boris Johnson promoted negotiations between UK and India, which would reduce or end tariffs on whiskey at a Gurdwara Sahib divan in the UK.
"In front of the Gurdwara to talk about and promote alcohol is offensive, he not have been stood there talking about that, he should have known that". "When you are a baptised Sikh you have that inner strength".
According to The Guardian, 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.
In fairness to Johnson, while Akal Takht Sandesh (a religious code of conduct) states that Sikhs "must not take hemp, opium, liquor, tobacco, in short any intoxicant", many Sikhs living in the United Kingdom do drink alcohol.
"I hope I'm not embarrassing anybody here by saying that when we go to India, we have to bring "clinky" in our luggage", he said.
Others members of the crowd reportedly told Mr Johnson that if he had made the comments in India, he "would not have got out of the temple alive". So we have to bring it in for our relatives duty free.
"But imagine what we could do if there was a free trade deal with India, which there will be.
Inheritance is not an issue - alcohol is", the woman said, angrily.
The woman reportedly named as Balbir Kaur said: "How dare you talk about alcohol in a Sikh temple". "You are standing in a Sikh [temple] talking about alcohol, which is absolutely not right".
"I'm sorry if I am shouting but it is very important to me". It is not, though, the view of every religion.
"I am a practising Sikh and to me that is absolutely outrageous".
Kaur also criticised Johnson for wearing an orange turban to the Nirman Sewak Jatha-Sikh Temple, Bristol, to campaign for Tory candidate for Bristol East, Theodora Clarke.
"I wouldn't be wanting to put somebody in power who wants to put more alcohol in India, which is causing a lot of problems already", she adds.
Comments made at a gurudwara in the UK.
"Anyone [Sikh or non-Sikh] who has consumed alcohol or has tobacco on them is not allowed to enter a gurdwara, Sikh place of worship. There are signs up in all gurdwaras".
Stephen Pound, who is seeking re-election as Labour MP for Ealing North said: "Once he was a clown, now he's a calamity: these crass remarks make plain why the Tories are desperate to keep Boris Johnson away from the cameras".
A spokesman for Johnson denied that it was a gaffe, claiming instead that he was sympathising with the woman's personal situation.