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BJP committed to bringing UCC once democratic discussions are over: Shah

The BJP is committed to introducing the Uniform Civil Code after all democratic debates and discussions are concluded, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday.

When asked about the UCC, Shah said it is the BJP’s promise to the people of this country from the Jan Sangh days.

“Not only BJP, Constituent Assembly had also advised parliament and states to introduce UCC at an opportune time because for any secular country, laws should not be based on religion. If nation and state are secular, how can laws be based on religion? For every believer there should be one law passed by parliament or state assemblies,” Shah said at Times Summit.

Over time, this commitment by the Constituent Assembly was forgotten, the Interior Minister claimed.

“Except the BJP, no other party is in favor of the Uniform Civil Code. In a democracy, a healthy debate is a necessity. There is a need for an open and healthy debate on the issue,” he said.

The Home Ministry said that in three BJP-ruled states, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, a panel chaired by retired chief justices of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court has been formed where people of different faiths express their views.

“We will take action based on recommendations that come after this exercise. The BJP is determined to bring UCC once all democratic discussions are over,” he said.

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