Last updated: 09 November 2022, 21:14 IST
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday rejected opposition allegations that the BJP is using the issue of a unified civil code as a tool to polarize voters ahead of the election, claiming that his state will implement it soon.
He also said that Uttarakhand will ensure that incidents such as the recent case related to the alleged rape and murder of a young woman do not happen again, and says “Dev Bhoomi” has no place for such people who indulge in such crimes.
Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, he said a five-member committee headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Judge Ranjana Prakash Desai is rapidly working on a draft that will be ready soon.
“We will implement it soon,” he said.
He said the implementation of a common code was not limited to state polls. “After the polls, we worked on what we had said,” he noted.
Referring to Article 44 of the Constitution and certain Supreme Court comments, he said the higher judiciary believes states should implement it.
In response to a question about the alleged rape and murder of a woman who worked at a resort in Uttarakhad, the prime minister said it is normal for people to be excited, but all the accused have been detained.
He said his government will ensure that such incidents do not happen again. Dhami also rejected suggestions that using a bulldozer to bring down the structure resulted in the loss of valuable evidence.
He said the evidence had been preserved and filmed before the building was razed to the ground.
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