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Support For Sikh Anand Karaj Act ?

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Dhindsa support Sikh Anand Karaj Act while Badal doesn't

By SSNews
Dec 16, 2007 - 11:47:05 AM

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa came out in support of a separate 'Anand Karaj' (marriage) Act for the Sikhs, while his party president and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal appeared non-committal on bringing a bill on the issue in the state assembly.

Talking to newsmen here, Badal skirted the issue by saying that the decision to introduce any bill in Punjab assembly would be taken keeping the circumstances in view.

However, former Union Minister Dhindsa, who was sitting besides him, said all Sikh MPs cutting across party lines had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for enacting the Act by amending the constitution.

He said for putting a check on certain unscrupulous NRI bridegrooms, who are leaving their wives in lurch, the registration of marriage was must and it could be done through Anand Karaj Act.

At this, Badal asserted that he was also in favour of registration a marriage so that certain NRI grooms could not create problems for their brides by ditching them.

However, he remained non-committal to persistent queries of reporters for bringing in any proposal in Punjab assembly for enacting any such Act.

All that the Chief Minister would say on the issue was that he would consult his colleagues about it. He said he had high regard for all religions and the issue of separate Anand Act should not be linked with Hindus or Sikhs.

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