Gujarat government’s big step on Uniform Civil Code before elections

The outgoing cabinet of the Gujarat government meets today


The outgoing Gujarat government has proposed establishing an Uttarakhand-style committee under the leadership of a retired High Court judge to assess all aspects of the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the state.

Gujarat Interior Minister Harsh Sanghvi will hold a press conference later on the day when he will announce the members of the UCC panel.

Assembly elections are expected in Gujarat by the end of the year.

In May, the Uttarakhand government announced its decision to implement UCC in the state. In the same month, the Prime Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, also announced that the UCC would soon be introduced in the state.

The BJP and its leaders in the past have supported the implementation of the UCC in the county which would replace personal laws based on the scriptures and customs of different religious communities with a common set of rules that govern every citizen.

However, a debate on the UCC has erupted in many states.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) called it an “unconstitutional and anti-minority move” and defined the rhetoric of the law for an attempt by Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and central governments to divert attention to issues of inflation. economy and rising unemployment.

Earlier this month, the Center told the Supreme Court that it could not order parliament to enact or enforce a uniform civil code law in the country.

The Ministry of Law and Justice stated in its affidavit that the question of politics must be decided by the elected representatives of the people and that no directive can be issued by the Center in this regard.

He further stated that Article 44 of the Indian Constitution is a guiding principle, obliging states to strive to ensure a uniform civil code for all citizens.

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