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Cong Distances Itself From Jindal's Remarks On Khap Panchayat

Congress on Monday  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
PTI May 10, 2010 21:41 IST
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Congress on Monday  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 in New Delhi.

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