Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chairman Arvind Kejriwal, who is campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Gujarat, said today that the BJP’s implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in Gujarat is a bluff.
The AAP chief has cast doubt on the intentions of the BJP-led state government, saying the ruling party made the same promise ahead of the Uttarakhand assembly elections but did not implement it after winning the polls.
“They set up a committee after winning the Uttarakhand election and now that’s gone,” he said, claiming that they have now set up a committee “three days before the Gujarat election” which will also be in the polls Disappeared after investigation.
At a press conference in Bhavnagar, Mr Kejriwal said the Uniform Civil Code should be enforced as Article 44 of the Constitution clearly states that the government has a duty to do so, but it should be enforced with consent. Consult with all communities.
Arvind Kejriwal has questioned why the BJP has not implemented it in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh – states where it holds power.
“Why not implement it nationwide. Are they waiting for Lok Sabha elections?” he said.
The BJP said yesterday that it plans to introduce the Uniform Civil Code – a contentious issue for Muslims, which repeals religion-based laws.
Congress also slammed it as a stunt to bolster the votes of the Hindu majority.
The Gujarat government has proposed the creation of a committee headed by retired High Court judges – as the BJP-ruled state of Uttarakhand has done – to examine how such legislation could be implemented. The Civil Code is widely considered to be the domain of the center rather than the state.
Gujarat Home Minister said: “Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel made a decision in today’s Cabinet meeting. Historic Decision – Formation of a Commission to Implement Uniform Civil Code in the State.” Harsh Sunharvey.
In May, the Uttarakhand government announced its decision to implement UCC in the state. In the same month, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jeram Thakur also announced that UCC will be incorporated into the state soon.
The BJP and its leaders have in the past supported the implementation of the UCC in the county, which would replace personal laws based on scriptures and customs of various religious communities with a common set of rules that apply to every citizen.