By Vikas Kahol in Chandigarh
Rampal Majra, the INLD MLA, said he “ subscribed to the cause and supported it.” The maha- panchayat meeting was convened to discuss the legitimacy of the same gotra marriage and seek an amendment of the Hindu Marriage Act.
“ Politicians should respect the people’s sentiments and uphold the tradition,” Majra said. “ We will urge the ruling party to adopt a resolution against same gotra marriages and put them on the mat in the assembly if they fail to initiate such a move. We support the demands of the khap panchayats in the state,” he added.
The members of the caste panchayats said they would bar state MPs from entering their villages if they fail to back them. The representatives also decided to assemble again in Kurukshetra on May 10 and protest against Naveen Jindal, the Congress MP from Haryana.
Naresh Kadyan, convenor of Kadyan Khap International, said the community’s demand was “ reasonable and it was for the sake of restoring social norms”. Kadyan, who did not attend Sunday’s meeting, said: “ Why can’t we demand a change? It is our democratic right.”