Right time to bring UCC, opposition should avoid communal politics: Naqvi – News18

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Last Update: 01 July 2023, 15:36 IST

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. (File photo/ANI

The UCC refers to a general set of laws that apply to all citizens of India and are not based on religion in dealing with personal matters including marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption.

Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday hit out at the Congress and other opposition parties over the issue of Uniform Civil Code and asked them to “listen to their conscience” and shun communal politics.

“This is the right time to implement this inclusive reform. It is now or never for this law, he told reporters here and asserted that the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) would ensure “equality and justice for all”.

The UCC refers to a general set of laws that apply to all citizens of India and are not based on religion in dealing with personal matters including marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption.

Naqvi alleged that the mood of the country was to free the Uniform Civil Code from “the clutches of communal conspirators” who have held it hostage for the past seven decades for their narrow interests.

Criticizing the opposition parties, the BJP leader said, “The only befitting reply to communal politics is to listen to the voice of conscience on a progressive law like the Uniform Civil Code, which will ensure equality and justice for all.”

“Opposition parties should listen to their conscience to control Congress’s communal confusion and contradiction on UCC,” he said.

Naqvi alleged that the “mistake of the moment” of the Congress in 1985 became a “punishment for decades” for the country when the party “misused” its numerical strength in Parliament for a “communal attack on inclusive reforms” in the Shah Bano case. Did.

He alleged, “Unfortunately, instead of reforming, the Congress is repeating its mistakes.”

Naqvi claimed, “Even Congress workers, public representatives and members of other opposition parties disagree and are incensed by the party’s policy of confusion, commotion and coaxing on the UCC.”

The debate on the Uniform Civil Code was revived after Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pushed for it, asked how the country could function with dual laws governing personal matters, and used the UCC issue on the opposition. accused of “misleading and inciting”. Muslim community.

The UCC has long been one of the BJP’s three key poll planks, the others being the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

A Parliamentary Standing Committee summoned representatives of the Law Commission and the Law Ministry on July 3 on the recent notice issued by the law panel to seek views of stakeholders on the issue of Uniform Civil Code.

As per the schedule of the Standing Committee on Law and Personnel, it will hear the views of the Law Panel and representatives of the Legal Affairs and Legislative Departments of the Ministry of Law on the public notice issued by the Law Commission of India on 14 June 2023. Views are being invited from various stakeholders on Uniform Civil Code under the theme ‘Review of Personal Laws’.

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