Govt failed to present turban issue before France: Badal

Last Updated: Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 23:22

New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister
Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday alleged that the Centre failed to
present the case of Sikhs following a ban on turbans in
France.

In an interaction with NRIs here at the Pravasi
Bharatiya Divas, Badal lamented that the Ministry of External
Affairs could not present the case properly before France on
the issue of a ban on turbans in schools in that country and
convey the hurt sentiments of the Sikh community.
He was responding to a question on the `failure` of
the Indian government to allow `pagri` to Sikh children in
French schools.

About incidents of alleged racial violence, Badal said
Punjab has already lodged a protest with the Australian High
Commissioner in India and it was for Union Government to raise
this issue at highest diplomatic level to pressurise Australia
to check such attacks.
To the concern shown by NRI delegates regarding
increasing incidents of drug addiction in Punjab, Badal said
the state has launched a war on drug peddlers and smugglers
and made record recoveries during the last six months.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 23:22

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