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Cong distances itself from Jindal`s remarks on khap panchayat

Last Updated: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 22:32

New Delhi: Congress today sought to
distance itself from the statement of party leader Naveen
Jindal professing support to the khap panchayats, saying it
was the personal view of the MP and the party does not support
any organisation which violates the rule of law.

"Individual persons or MPs may have their own opinion.
That does not mean there is a change in the stance of the
Congress. If customary law, based on customs and traditions,
violate the rule of law or engage in violence and killing in
the name of honour, it cannot be condoned," party spokesman
Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

Singhvi said, "there is no dilution in party`s stand
on the issue. If any such organisation or custom supports
violence in the name of caste honour, then Congress is opposed
to it".

To a question about the stand of the party on banning
same `gotra` (sub-caste) marriages and amending the Hindu
Marriage Act as demanded by the khap panchayats, the spokesman
said the party was not going to make any "knee jerk reaction"
on the issue.

He said the matter was yet to be discussed in the
party.

Jindal today attended a Khap Mahapanchayat in
Khaithal, saying that he would vigorously take up their
demands with the Congress High Command and Bhupinder Singh
Hooda government in Haryana.

Jindal, MP from Kurukshetra, yesterday showered praise
on the khap panchayats for rendering yeoman service to society
by resolving people`s problems even before the present day
system came into existence.

PTI

First Published: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 22:32
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