By Pardeep Luthra ,Gurdaspur – 8th September : A high powered delegation under the leadership of S. Paramjit Singh Sarna, President Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and Shiromani Akali Dal, Delhi today met Hon’ble Union Mister of Law and Justice, Shri Salman Khurshid in connection with the enactment of Anand Marriage Act.
Mr. Sarna said that the meeting was continued for 40 minutes in a very cordial ambiance and proved successful. The minister was informed in detail about the wave of resentment amongst the Sikh Diaspora after his statement in the Parliament in respect to Anand Marriage Act. Mr. Sarna said that the Minister of Law was also informed that the UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi had also assured the demand of the Sikh Community for enactment of Anand Marriage Act would be fulfilled soon and the former Minister of Law Mr. Veerappa Moily had also given a statement before the media that the department of law had cleared the proposal of Anand Marriage Act and after the approval of cabinet, process for enactment of law would be completed.
Mr. Sarna said that during discussion with the delegation, it was also understood, the forces conspiring against the enactment of Anand Marriage Act due to which it has been over delayed. Mr. Sarna said that it was also conveyed to the Minister that his statement without thoroughly going through the records of the ministry had severely hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.
Mr. Sarna said that the Minister of Law accepted that the Akali MPs have raised the question of Anand Marriage Act in the Parliament in a very casual manner, which I have replied without any preparation or going through the previous records and feel regret if his reply in the Parliament has ever hurt the feelings of the Sikhs.
Mr. Sarna said that Law Minister has given us a patient hearing, listen to our points and thereafter assured the delegation that since, he also belongs to Minority Community and can better understand feelings of the Sikhs. He also assured that the demand for the enactment of Anand Marriage Act shall be fulfilled soon by getting the Anand Marriage Bill passed by the Parliament thereafter Anand Marriage Act shall be enacted and there shall be no further delay.
In the said delegation S. Paramjit Singh Sarna – President, S. Harvinder Singh Sarna – Former President, S. Gurmeet Singh Shunty – General Secretary, S. Kartar Singh Kochar – Joint Secretary, S. Shamsher Singh Sandhu – Member, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, S. Raghubir Singh Jaura – President, Punjabi Civil Society and S. Manjit Singh Sarna was included.