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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Union, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Union, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Union native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Union, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Union's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Union.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Union?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Union, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Union, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Union, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Union, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Union, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Statement by Secretary Granholm on U.S. Senate Confirmation of Dr. Asmeret Berhe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement on yesterday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Dr. Asmeret Berhe with a bipartisan vote to serve as Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):“I am so grateful to the Senate for confirming Dr. Asmeret Berhe to serve as DOE’s Director of the Office of Science.Dr. Berhe has been ahead of the curve over her entire career as a biogeochemist, and we need her lea...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement on yesterday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Dr. Asmeret Berhe with a bipartisan vote to serve as Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):

“I am so grateful to the Senate for confirming Dr. Asmeret Berhe to serve as DOE’s Director of the Office of Science.Dr. Berhe has been ahead of the curve over her entire career as a biogeochemist, and we need her leadership in scientific collaboration and climate science now more than ever. In her role, she will be leading DOE’s efforts to strengthen America’s national security, competitiveness, and economy through deep investment in scientific research. I am very grateful for Dr. Berhe’s willingness to serve the American people and I’m so excited to welcome her into the DOE family.”

About Dr. Asmeret Berhe

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry; the Ted and Jan Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology; and Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education at the University of California, Merced. Her research is at the intersection of soil science, global change science, and political ecology with an emphasis on how the soil system regulates the earth’s climate and the dynamic two-way relationship between the natural environment and human communities. She previously served as the Chair of the US National Committee on Soil Science at the National Academies; was a Leadership board member for the Earth Science Women’s Network; and is currently a co-principal investigator in the ADVANCEGeo Partnership – a National Science Foundation funded effort to empower (geo)scientists to respond to and prevent harassment, discrimination, bullying and other exclusionary behaviors in research environments. Her scholarship on how physical processes such as erosion, fire, and changes in climate affect the biogeochemical cycling of essential elements in the earth system and her efforts to ensure equity and inclusion of people from all walks of life in the scientific enterprise have received numerous awards and honors. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, and a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Asmeret was born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea. She received a B.Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from the University of Asmara, an M.Sc. in Political Ecology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2020 she was named a Great Immigrant, Great American by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Union hosts Environmental Art & Music Festival for Earth Day

UNION, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Apr. 22 is Earth Day. And to promote a community vibrancy initiative through food and fun, Union is putting on a festival.It’s called the Environmental Art and Music Festival. This is the second time Union has hosted the event.After the launch in September 2019, the pandemic shut down the festival for almost three years. Now, they’re back to reintroduce it to celebrate the beauty of nature and the outdoors.Toccoa Switzer with The Piedmont Physic Garden, in Union, says the g...

UNION, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Apr. 22 is Earth Day. And to promote a community vibrancy initiative through food and fun, Union is putting on a festival.

It’s called the Environmental Art and Music Festival. This is the second time Union has hosted the event.

After the launch in September 2019, the pandemic shut down the festival for almost three years. Now, they’re back to reintroduce it to celebrate the beauty of nature and the outdoors.

Toccoa Switzer with The Piedmont Physic Garden, in Union, says the garden came up with the idea and applied for a grant. And they’ve celebrated Earth Day in some way since 2015.

“Union County is a beautiful county,” Switzer said, “And so, we feel like it’s a good fit to celebrate the outdoors.”

Switzer says they received a $3,000 matching grant from Ten At The Top plus an investment of $1,500 from Union County and the City of Union.

“We just want everyone to enjoy being outside. Gardening is a wonderful way for anyone to contribute to the beautification of Union,” Switzer said.

Festival coordinator Winter Stakely says festival-goers can learn from the state’s Department of Natural Resources’ boat simulation and wildlife exhibit.

“You can walk in and, actually, they’ll demonstrate all kinds of wildlife and conservation efforts,” Stakely said.

There will also be food, vendors, a mobile bar, and performances from singers like Rachel Messer, from The Voice.

“I’ve never been to Union,” said Messer, “This is actually my first time in South Carolina.”

Messer says she hopes the events bring attention to historic cities like Union.

“Cities like this are... they’re just a dying art, honestly. And to take a day, or a weekend, and a festival to really just rally for that, and appreciate it, and celebrate is very important; especially on a day like today,” Messer said.

Stakely says she hopes it’s like a street party, but while the community is there, they can take a moment to embrace what’s around them.

“Every day we happen to walk by and take it for granted, but this is a way to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area,” Stakely said.

There will also be activities for kids, such as a petting zoo, a trackless train, an art show, and more. They expect 500 to 1,000 people.

The festival is free. Friday, the concert will be from 5 p.m. until about 8 p.m. T.J. Jeter and Quest are expected to perform.

Saturday, the festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 6 p.m. Rachel Messer performs as well as the Cole Mountain Cloggers.

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10 Area Veterans Honored At Threads Of Valor Tuesday

Ten area veterans were honored and given quilts during the Threads of Valor ceremony at the Kosciusko?County Senior Center Tuesday.In fall 2015, two local ladies started meeting at Warsaw’s VFW to make quilts for veterans in Kosciusko County in nursing homes and homeless shelters in Warsaw, said Liberty Sewing Circle member Marsha Huffman.In 2015, a special request was made to the Liberty Sewing Circle to make a large quilt for a veteran in a nursing home to celebrate his 90th birthday. The Circle’s vision grew with...

Ten area veterans were honored and given quilts during the Threads of Valor ceremony at the Kosciusko?County Senior Center Tuesday.

In fall 2015, two local ladies started meeting at Warsaw’s VFW to make quilts for veterans in Kosciusko County in nursing homes and homeless shelters in Warsaw, said Liberty Sewing Circle member Marsha Huffman.

In 2015, a special request was made to the Liberty Sewing Circle to make a large quilt for a veteran in a nursing home to celebrate his 90th birthday. The Circle’s vision grew with that by making standard-sized quilts for nominated veterans in Kosciusko County, Huffman said.

Huffman said the Circle needed a time and place to meet. It was worked out the Circle could meet on Saturdays at the Senior Center.

The quilts are awarded “as a token gift for our appreciation to local veterans and to thank them for recognizing their services and their sacrifices,” Huffman said. Since 2015, the Circle has made over 377 quilts and throws and 115 full-sized quilts.

Anyone can nominate a veteran for the Threads of Valor quilts, as long as they were honorably discharged and live in Kosciusko County.

During the Threads of Valor quilt presentation, Huffman presented each nominated veteran and gave a background for each one.

The veterans honored were Terry Baker, Robert Evers, Robert Hatfield, David Larrew, William Moore, Christ Paraschos, Dathan Reed, Robert Schlag, James Stroup and Thomas Warner.

Baker was in the U.S. Army as an E-5. He served during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1979. Baker graduated from Warsaw High School in 1968 and enlisted in U.S. Army. He completed his basic training in Fort Pemberton, S.C. He completed his E-5 training in Maryland. He was transferred to Vietnam in March 1969, where he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division. He repaired various vehicles, including tanks and personnel carriers. During his tour in Vietnam, Baker was awarded a Bronze Star.

Evers was an Army Ranger. He served in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1970. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1976 and came home stateside in 1969.

Hatfield lived in Warsaw and now lives in Winona Lake. He was in the Army from 1969 to 1970 then served in the National Guard from 1971 to 1984 as an E-6. He served in Vietnam.

Larrew lives in Warsaw. He was in the Army, being discharged with the rank of a corporal. He served 1951 to 1953, serving in the Korean War, but he was not in combat. He was stationed in South Korea.

Moore lives in Warsaw and was in the Air Force as a sergeant E-4. He served from 1969 to 1973. He served in Vietnam but wasn’t in a combat zone, but was stationed on a base there. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. From July to September 1969, he was stationed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. From October 1969 to February 1971, he was stationed in Michigan. During Vietnam, Moore was a vehicle dispatcher with 100 vehicles he had to do reports on to make sure they were working well. After being stationed in Vietnam, he finished his service being stationed in California.

Paraschos lives in Warsaw. He was in the Army as corporal and served from 1948 to 1949. He was not in a combat zone, but his longest tour of duty was in Texas.

Reed lives in Claypool and was in the Army, achieving the rank of master sergeant, from 1991 to 2016. He was in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and has been in several combat zones. He was in South Korea at the DMZ from 1998 to 1999. He joined the Army as an infantryman, right out of school at Tippecanoe Valley High School. He has received several awards, including Army Ranger Tab, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He has served and trained in several countries, such as Egypt, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Australia, Honduras and Canada.

Schlag lives in Warsaw and was in the Army as E-4 from 1965 to 1967 in Vietnam in a combat zone. He did basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. His jobs while in Vietnam included convoy escorts, village security, patrol and perimeter security.

Stroup lives in Pierceton and was a specialist 4th class in the Army. He served from 1958 to 1961 and didn’t serve in any of the combat zones. He was did basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. He was stationed in Germany for 24 months from 1959 to 1961. While in Germany, Stroup drove a armour personal carrier. Stroup guarded the Berlin Wall while it was being built. Stroup was in the Reserves for three years.

Warner lives in Warsaw. He was in the Army and served from October 1962 to September 1965. He served in the Vietnam War, but didn’t serve in a combat zone. He served 10 months in Germany.

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SC must redraw House district lines in lawsuit settlement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina lawmakers have about a week to adjust state House district lines as part of a settlement in a voting rights lawsuit.The American Civil Liberties Union announced the settlement Thursday, saying it requires lawmakers to redraw districts “in some of the most historically significant areas of the state for Black voters by passing new maps this session.”“Today is a victory for the Black community in South Carolina. Today marks a historical occasion: our political leadership ha...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina lawmakers have about a week to adjust state House district lines as part of a settlement in a voting rights lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced the settlement Thursday, saying it requires lawmakers to redraw districts “in some of the most historically significant areas of the state for Black voters by passing new maps this session.”

“Today is a victory for the Black community in South Carolina. Today marks a historical occasion: our political leadership has listened to our grievances and is working to create a more equitable political landscape,” South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP President Brenda Murphy said. “We have successfully petitioned our government for increased political access, and now Black communities in Richland/Kershaw, Orangeburg, and Dillon/Horry will have a greater chance of electing their preferred candidates. But this is just a first step to providing equitable voting power for Black South Carolinians. We will continue to work with our elected officials to ensure that all our communities have a voice in our democratic institutions.”

Under the agreement, the state Senate must amend the map “as soon as practical” and it must be signed by Gov. Henry McMaster by May 17.

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas’s office released a statement from Mark Moore, a partner at Nexsen Pruet Law Firm, who represented the House in the case:

Certainty in our voting process is one of the greatest virtues we have in South Carolina — and trust in that process is of crucial importance to our people. With this settlement, we will end costly litigation with a decision that is reasonable for voters and allows voters to have confidence in the electoral process.

The groups were poised to go to trial on May 16 if an agreement had not been reached. They are still headed to trial over the U.S. congressional map this fall.

“This agreement is a historic victory for South Carolina voters and the constitutional guarantee of fair maps,” American Civil Liberties Union attorney Somil Trivedi. “State legislatures hold so many critical rights in their hands, making it all the more vital that the people choose those representatives — not the other way around.”

The case was brought on behalf of the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and an individual voter, Taiwan Scott.

The lawsuit alleged racial gerrymandering and intentional discrimination in 29 districts aimed at diluting the voting power of Black voters, according to a release from the ACLU.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Columbia.

The SCNAACP and Scott are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF), the ACLU of South Carolina, Boroughs Bryant LLC, Arnold & Porter, and the General Counsel’s Office of the NAACP.

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Centre amends stand in SC on minority tag for Hindus, says ‘power to take decision vested with Union govt’

New Delhi: The Centre has changed its stand on the issue of declaring Hindus as minorities in states where their population is low compared to other communities. In a fresh affidavit filed in the top court on Monday, the Centre said only the Union government has the power to notify minorities. It added that discussions will be held with states and other stakeholders before any such decision is taken.The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and stated that state governm...

New Delhi: The Centre has changed its stand on the issue of declaring Hindus as minorities in states where their population is low compared to other communities. In a fresh affidavit filed in the top court on Monday, the Centre said only the Union government has the power to notify minorities. It added that discussions will be held with states and other stakeholders before any such decision is taken.

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and stated that state governments can decide to declare any religious or linguistic community, including Hindus, a minority within the said state.

The Centre was then given four weeks by the top court to file its reply to a plea that had sought the framing of guidelines in order to identify minorities at the state level. The petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has argued that Hindus are in minority in 10 states in the country.

The minority affairs ministry yesterday told the court that the Union government has notified six communities as minority communities under Section 2C of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.

The ministry further stated that there will be far-reaching consequences of the decision taken with regard to the writ petition and that is why there is a need for deliberations. The ministry submitted that any decision taken without detailed discussions with stakeholders may lead to an unintended complication for the country.

The ministry further submitted that the Centre wishes to place before the top court a considered view keeping in mind various social, logical, and other aspects obviating any unintended complications in the future concerning such a vital issue.

In its previous affidavit, the ministry had submitted that the state could decide on matters concerning whether followers of Hinduism, Judaism, and Bahaism can set up and operate educational institutions of their choice in the said states. Further, the state could also take a call on their identification as a minority within the state, the previous affidavit had stated.

In his plea, Upadhyay had challenged the validity of Section 2(f) of the National Commission for Minority Education Institution Act, 2004, alleging that it vests unbridled power with the Centre and termed it "manifestly arbitrary, irrational, and offending".

Section 2(f) of the Act gives power to the Union government to identify and notify minority communities in the country.

"In the alternative, direct and declare that followers of Judaism, Bahaism, and Hinduism, who are minorities in Ladakh, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Kashmir, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Manipur, can establish and administer educational institutions of their choice in the spirit of the TMA Pai Ruling," the plea read.

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