Cong supporting outdated, pro-caste panchayat outfits: CPI

CPI today questioned the "silence" of Congress over Haryana Chief Minister`s opposition to same-gotra marriages saying it appears that the ruling party is supporting "outdated, pro-caste panchayat outfits".

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

New Delhi: CPI today questioned the "silence"
of Congress over Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh
Hooda`s opposition to same-gotra marriages saying it appears
that the ruling party is supporting "outdated, pro-caste
panchayat outfits".

The argument that same-gotra marriages were not approved
by the society was "not valid" in the 21st century, the party
said in a statement here.

"Hooda is trying to indulge in cheap vote bank politics.
There cannot be two different types of laws in the country.
Why Hooda does not condemn the so-called honour killings?
Hooda is playing soft on those who are trying to take law into
their hands," the CPI said.

The CPI`s remarks came in the backdrop of Hooda
supporting Khap Panchayats of Jat community which has come out
against marriage within same-gotra.

"It is surprising to understand why the Congress is
silent on the views of Hooda who is the Chief Minister of
their party? The silence amounts to support the outdated,
pro-caste panchayat outfits in the country," it said.

The CPI demanded that Hooda withdraw his comments.

PTI