If BJP Is Re-elected, Uttarakhand Will Have A Uniform Civil Code Of Its Own: CM Pushkar Dhami

Dehradun: chief Minister Pushkar Dhami on the last day of campaigning promises that if BJP government is re-elected, they would constitute a committee to draft a uniform civil code (UCC), given that the “security” of the cultural and religious heritage as well as borders of the state was important for the whole country.

“The security of cultural and religious heritage of Uttarakhand, its environment and borders is important not just for the state, but for the entire country. With that, soon after our oath-taking ceremony, the upcoming BJP government will form a committee of those with knowledge of the legal system, retired employees, prominent people from society and other stakeholders. This committee will prepare a draft of the uniform civil code for the people of Uttarakhand. This UCC will be for equal laws on subjects like marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance for people of all religions,” Dhami told a news agency ANI on Saturday.

BJP Uttarakhand tweeted, “To protect the cultural-spiritual heritage of Uttarakhand, the BJP government will prepare a draft of ‘Uniform Civil Code’ by forming a committee immediately after taking pledge. There will be equal law for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.”

“The UCC will be an important step towards fulfilling the dream of our the Constitution’s creators, and will solidify the spirit of the Constitution. This will also be an effective step towards Article 44 of the Constitution, which talks about securing a UCC for every citizen of the country. The apex court too has from time to time not only laid emphasis on its implementation, but has expressed dissatisfaction over steps not being taken in this direction,” the BJP chief minister added.

“Along with this, the immense spiritual and cultural recognition of devbhoomi will also be increased while keeping the environment secured. The UCC of Uttarakhand will also act as an example for other states,” he said.

Reacting to the announcement, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Dhami should “understand that ‘uniform’ doesn’t mean common”. “Babasaheb (Dr B R Ambedkar) had said that it should be voluntary and not mandatory. AIMIM believes in ‘unity in diversity’. What does diversity mean? It means one size won’t fit everyone. India has several cultures,” said the parliamentarian.

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