Legislation to curb big fat weddings

The State government will enact legislation to curb opulent weddings. This was announced by Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, while participating in a motion of thanks to the governor’s address to the Legislature.

Former Speaker Kumar said the legislation was in the draft stage. “In 2004, I had moved a private bill in this regard. The Congress, in its election manifesto, had announced that it would put the brakes on display of wealth in marriages.”

Earlier, B R Patil (KJP) wanted to know from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah whether he would keep his promise of curtailing extravagant weddings. While the chief minister did not reply, Kumar said, “Whether I reply or the chief minister does, it makes no difference. The party has decided to enact the legislation.”

Sources in the Congress said no such promise was made by the State Congress in the election manifesto. However, during the Jaipur AICC session  last year, the party had announced that there should be no room for display of wealth in marriages.

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