London, Sept 17 (ANI): Actress Joanna Lumley has become the target of a Facebook hate campaign for her role in attracting huge numbers of Gurkhas to Britain.
The star successfully campaigned for the heroic soldiers and their families to be given a right to settle in the UK.
The Gurkhas and their families, however, now make up just ten percent of the population in Aldershot and residents have said that the services are struggling to cope.
According to the Daily Mail, nearly 2,300 have joined Facebook pages called 'Joanna Lumley has ****ed up Aldershot and Farnborough' and 'Lumley's Legacy'.
Founder of both the groups, Sam Phillips, said he was not racist and had "great appreciation" for the sacrifices the Gurkhas made for "our country".
"Joanna Lumley was happy to use her face to get publicity for her cause, now we are using her name to show the result," Phillips added.
Phillips said that their problem 'is not with the Gurkhas, it is with the government'.
"If they matched the increase in residents with an increase in money and infrastructure there would not be a problem," he added.
The Gurkhas have been a part of the British Army for almost 200 years. Many have settled in Aldershot and other towns with Nepalese communities or Army connections, including Reading, Folkestone, Colchester, and London.
The 'Lumley's Legacy' page said that the town is 'struggling' to cope with an 'influx' of approximately 9,000 Nepalese, many of whom are elderly and do not speak English.
It describes them as a 'drain' on local services, the paper said.
Tikendra Dewan, of the British Gurkha Welfare Society, agreed there was an issue of over-crowding in Aldershot, but added that blaming Lumley for this would be 'unfair'.
"Picking out Joanna Lumley for blame is unfair. There was cross-party support in Parliament to give Gurkhas the right to settle in the UK," he added. (ANI)