BJP is committed to bringing Uniform Civil Code: Amit Shah

In any secular country, laws should not be based on religion, said the Home Minister, adding that the Constituent Assembly had advised that UCC should be brought at an opportune time

November 24, 2022 03:19 pm | Updated 10:40 pm IST - New Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File

Union Home Minister Amit Shah. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed to implementing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country, but only after discussions and by following all democratic processes, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday, speaking at an event organised by news channel Times Now.

Mr. Shah said that UCC has been a promise of the BJP since the days of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. “Not only BJP, but the Constituent Assembly had also advised the Parliament and States that UCC should come in the country at an opportune time,” he said

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The Home Minister added that in any secular country, laws should not be based on religion. “If a nation and States are secular, how can laws be based on religion? For every believer, there should be one law passed by the Parliament or the State assemblies,” he said.

However, the commitment of the Constituent Assembly was forgotten over a period, he said. “Except the BJP, no other party is in favour of the Uniform Civil Code. They don’t even speak on it. If they don’t have courage, they won’t oppose it. But they won’t say that, ‘Ok, you implement it, we are with you’,” said Mr. Shah. “We are a part of a democracy. In a democracy, healthy debate is a necessity. There is a need for open and healthy debate on the issue.”

The Home Minister said that in three BJP ruled states -- Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat -- a panel under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme Court judge and High Court chief justices has been formed, where all groups and people of different faiths are putting forth their views.

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“We will take any action on the basis of advice coming after this exercise... The BJP is committed to bring UCC, but only after the conclusion of all democratic discussions,” he said.

On the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Mr. Shah said that the rules for the Act are under construction, adding that there were some delays due to COVID-19. “CAA is a law of the land and those who are dreaming that CAA won’t be implemented are mistaken. It will be implemented,” the Minister said.

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