Gujarat Sets up Panel to Implement Uniform Civil Code Ahead of Elections

On Saturday Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel announced setting up a panel to implement the Uniform Civil Code in the state ahead of polls. With this, Gujarat is the third Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state after Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to announce the move.

“Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi & Union HM Amit Shah, CM Bhupendra Patel has taken a historic decision in the cabinet meeting today – of forming a committee for implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state”, Gujarat home minister Harsh Sanghavi was quoted by media houses as saying. Gujarat goes to polls in December, the dates for which are yet to be announced.

The Uniform Civil Code has been a major election issue for the Bharatiya Janata Party. The saffron party in its 2019 Lok Sabha poll manifesto had vowed to implement the UCC if it was voted to power. The UCC has been marked by critics as being ‘anti-minority’.

The UCC is a proposal to figure out and execute personal laws of the citizens which will apply to each Indian irrespective of caste, religion, and sexual orientation.

On October 18, the Narendra Modi government told the Supreme Court that the UCC is desirable but it is for the Parliament to legislate one. The government said the personal laws based on religion are an attack against the country’s solidarity. It added that the UCC will guarantee the integration of India by welcoming different communities on a common platform, but maintained it is only for elected representatives and the governing body to decide whether the nation should have a UCC, and no court can give directives to Parliament to frame a particular resolution.

By Archana

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