With two days left to vote in Uttarakhand’s assembly elections, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), if re-elected in the state, will set up a committee to prepare a draft uniform civil code shortly after its formation. the government.
The committee will include legal experts, pensioners, scholars and other stakeholders, Dhami said, adding that the scope of the panel will cover issues related to marriage, divorce, land ownership and inheritance. .
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“This Uniform Civil Code will be a step towards realizing the dreams of those who crafted our Constitution and solidified the spirit of the Constitution. It will also be a decisive step towards Article 44 which provides UCC for all citizens” , said the CM, quoted by the ANI news agency.
The Constitution of India under Article 44, which is among the guiding principles of state policy, states that the state shall endeavor to provide citizens with a uniform civil code throughout the territory from India.
“It is also important to do so, because from time to time the Supreme Court has also emphasized the need for a uniform civil code and has also expressed concern that no steps are being taken in this direction. .”
Dhami said the BJP government in Uttarakhand would take inspiration from the Goa decision, which set an example for the country by implementing a common civil code. A common civil code will promote social friendship and gender equality besides enhancing women’s empowerment, he added.
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BJP State Deputy Chairman Devendra Bhasin said the CM’s announcement was in line with the party’s ideology. “We have always maintained that the laws should be the same across the country, regardless of differences in religion. Congress’s opposition to this is further proof of their policy of appeasement. They have always tried to appease a particular community for electoral gains,” he said.
The opposition Congress, meanwhile, called Dhami’s promise a “political gimmick fearing loss” in the election.
“They are promising this now because all of their star activists have failed to turn the tide in their favor in the state. They launched this new gadget because they have no answers to the tough problems of unemployment, rising prices, women’s security and the like. The people of Uttarakhand will not fall for the trap and they will overthrow this party on February 14,” said Congress Uttarakhand Media Officer Garima Dasauni.
State Congress General Secretary Mathura Dutt Joshi questioned the timing of the CM’s announcement. “They are making these ads to polarize people and get more votes on religious lines. It’s very clear with the timing of the announcement,” he said.