The BJP has targeted the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code as one of its polling pledges in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat. The Saffron Party has repeatedly stressed the importance of UCC implementation for a ‘united nation’.
In an interview with News18 on Monday, Union Home Secretary Amit Shah also challenged the Congress to state its position on the unified civil code. “Since 1950, all our electoral programs have said that we are committed to the implementation of a uniform civil code. Unified Civil Code is a very old promise of BJP and we deliver what we promise. We have also done what we promised on Ram Mandir, Article 370 and Triple Talaq… but can Congress clarify its position on Uniform Civil Code?’ Shah asked.
What has Congress’ position on UCC been so far? News18 explains:
‘They have to tell us how they are going to do it’
Congress party spokesmen, without a clear yes or no to the policy, have often questioned the BJP about how they could implement the UCC in a country as diverse as India.
Salman Khurshid had told ANI in April this year, “They should tell what is a uniform civil code? It is stated in the Constitution of UCC that an attempt will be made to apply a unified civil code, but a clear definition is never clear and what the impact will be. The government has never said that it will implement the Hindu code when it talks about UCC. The better practice of each religion is applied be it Islam, Christianity or any other religion. They should tell you what the definition of UCC is, then only we can respond.”
The congressional leader questioned the government’s working style, claiming it has spread discrimination in society and suggesting that UCC offered similar treatment.
And in August this year, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a congress leader and senior advocate, had said that a unified civil code should not be misinterpreted as a legal requirement that eliminates unusual religious practices.
“Fire temple practice may be considered weird and eccentric by so many people, but it is an essential practice of Parsi people. Now I don’t think a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) should suppress those things,” Singhvi had said, according to a Times of India report.
Singhvi had also said that reaching a consensus on DWU was not that easy. “Someone should tell us how they can do it so easily… It’s not that easy to do,” he had said.
What is UCC?
The UCC advocates the creation of a single law for India that would apply to all religious communities in areas such as marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. The code is enshrined in Article 44 of the constitution, which states that the state shall endeavor to secure a UCC for citizens throughout the territory of India.
And what has been the AAP’s stance on UCC?
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the leader of the Aam Aadmi party had earlier said at a rally in Gujarat while campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections that the BJP is boasting about implementing a unified civil code in the state. The AAP chief questioned the intentions of the BJP-led state government, claiming that the ruling party made the same promise ahead of the Uttarakhand elections but failed to fulfill it after the victory.
Kejriwal stated at a press conference in Bhavnagar that there should be a unified civil code because Article 44 of the constitution clearly states that it is the responsibility of the government to do so, but it must be done with the consent and consultation of all communities.
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