New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday stated, in no uncertain terms, that Uniform Civil Code (UCC) remains at top of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s list of priorities and a ‘common law for all’ will soon see light of the day.
Amit Shah, in an interview to Republic TV, said that 3 BJP-ruled states have already commenced the process for implementation of UCC and more would follow soon. However, he refused to give any timeline for its roll-out.
The Home Minister said that committees chaired by retired top judges are studying & assessing the modalities of UCC implementation and once they submit report, state govts will take it forward.
He also underlined the need for a comprehensive & wider debate on the proposed law. He said that BJP has been a strong votary of common law but for its pan-India implementation, consensus & opinion of other political parties should also be factored in.
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Home Minister said that the BJP has long record of delivery on promises and the UCC law is no different.
“From 1950, the Uniform Civil Code has been on our manifesto. We have kept it as part of our manifesto in all elections. Today, with 3 states forming committees on this, initiative has been taken in this direction,” Home Minister said.
Amit Shah said that in a secular country, laws based on religion are not acceptable. He said BJP’s stance is very clear but it’s important that views of other parties are also accommodated.
“Our party is clear on this front. We removed Triple Talaq. There must be common law for people belonging to all faiths in the country. It has been part of our manifesto & we will fulfill it,” he said.
When questioned about its likely introduction in Parliament & pan-India roll-out, the Home Minister said that once three states take lead in implementing it, it will set the stage for further expansion and will also see many rooting for it.
The Uniform Civil Code proposes to bring personal laws that would apply equally to all citizens, irrespective of religion, caste or gender. It will be applicable on all laws governing personal matters including marriage, divorce, inheritance & succession.