Senior advocate and All India Muslim Personal Law Board secretary Zafaryab Jilani says, “If a girl and boy are minors, then the consent of parents is required. But if they are major, then they can decide to continue or end their marriage. However, the definition of ‘major’ or being ‘baalig’ is different here (in Muslim law) as it is linked to puberty.”
Dominated by Brahmin population, the constituency in the state Capital has been represented by Brahmin candidates many times, and it therefore except the Congress, all the three major parties — the BJP, Samajwadi Party and BSP — have fielded a Brahmin candidate.
Ajay Kumar Lallu after taking charge, told party leaders about his past, which he claimed was “full of struggles.” “There are 32 cases registered against me and I have gone to jail 18 times... I have done it for the people.”
Forty-year-old Ajay Kumar Lallu, a son of a marginal farmer and a product of student politics, is known more for his agitations and dharnas rather than for being a popular face with a strong political background.
Aradhna Mishra is one of the two women Congress MLAs in the Assembly, the other being Aditi Singh from Rae Bareli, who had recently defied her party to attend the special session of the Assembly and praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Sources in the party said that there is a section of Brahmin leaders who feel that they have been neglected in the new committee despite Brahmins, according to them have been “natural voters” of the Congress in UP.
Aditi, who praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for steps towards development of “colonies” in villages of her constituency, said she decided to attend the session to highlight the issue of sustainable development and to ensure that the voice of the people of her region was heard.