New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections next year, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has asked the Law Commission to examine if a uniform civil code can be implemented in the country. Congress has slammed the Centre for its move to ask the Law Commission to examine the uniform civil code, calling it a "pre-poll stunt" ahead of Uttar Pradesh election while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh hailed the development.
Muslim organizations have opposed the move claiming it as an attempt by the government to meddle with their personal life, which is governed by the Sharia law. Hindu right wing groups, on the other hand, have been demanding the implementation of the Code for a long time. The BJP was quick to seek a debate on the issue after Law Ministry asked the Law Commission to examine the implementation.
“Issues like Uniform Civil Code, Article 370 of the Constitution granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir and building of Ram temple in Ayodhya are raised to create an atmosphere of communal polarisation,” the Congress party said on Friday. Notwithstanding, the BJP called for an open debate saying that the Constitution calls for uniformity and those who oppose it only shows their intolerance to the Constitution.
The proposed legislation, which is aimed at replacing personal laws of various communities on marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption and maintenance, assumes significance in the backdrop of the Supreme Court observation earlier this week on the constitutional validity of the Islamic divorce procedure called ‘triple talaq’. The apex court said that it would prefer a wider debate on the subject. “We want to have wider consultations on this and we will talk to all stakeholders before we can decide anything,” Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said.