The Madras High court bench here on Thursday ruled that Child Marriage Prevention Act was secular in nature and Muslims could not rely on their personal law to claim the right to give minor girls in marriage even at the age of 15 presuming that the girl had attained puberty.
CPI on Thursday condemned Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's "pernicious" proposal for a debate on the relevance of words 'socialist' and 'secular' in the preamble of the Constitution, saying this is a "well planned concerted attack" on the secular character of the nation.
The NDA government on Thursday came under attack from ally PMK over its willingness for a debate on whether the words "socialist and secular" should be in the Preamble to the Constitution after a demand by key ally Shiv Sena's for its removal that was dubbed as "worrying".
Taking strong exception to deletion of words 'secular' and 'socialist' on an advertisement issued by the Centre that carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution, Samajwadi Party on Thursday said that it is "unfortunate" and would give out a wrong message to the world.
A day after row erupted over a Republic Day advertisement of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded "permanent deletion" of the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the Constitution.
A row erupted on Tuesday over a Republic Day advertisement issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the ambitious laptop distribution scheme of his government was the "biggest secular and
socialist scheme" in the state as it was implemented among the masses without any disparity.
Buoyed by his party`s victory, with the support of RJD and Congress in the Rajya Sabha bypolls in Bihar, JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar today said that this was the start of coming together of "secular forces" against the BJP.
Lok Sabha Polls 2014 — Bharatiya Janata Party`s Giriraj Singh came under attack on Monday from Muslim clerics who took strong offence to the Bihar leader questioning loyalty of certain sections of the society and taunting them to `support Narendra Modi or leave for Pakistan`.