Govt failed to present turban issue before France: Badal
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 09, 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.


First Published: Saturday, January 09, 2010, 23:22

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