Union Minister Kiren Rijiju: BJP’s Stand On Uniform Civil Code Must Be Taken As Govt’s Stand

The BJP’s stand on the Uniform Civil Code is clear, according to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, and should be taken into account as the government’s position as well. The law minister made his remark during a discussion of the Family Courts Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. 

Rijiju said, “It’s only a party that forms a government,” in response to criticism from the opposition that a party’s stance cannot be that of the government. “About the Uniform Civil Code, you know our government’s stand. The ideology of our party should be taken as the government’s ideology,” he further added. 

However, the Bahujan Samajh Party MP Danish Ali demanded Law minister Kiren Rijiju to take back his statement, adding that the philosophy of a political party cannot be referred to as the ideology of the entire nation. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party has always supported the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in India, which would replace specific laws based on scriptures and customs of various religious communities, with a set of laws that equally applies to each and every citizen of the country. 

Mr. Rijiju stated that no decision has been made yet about the implementation of a UCC because the subject is still under appeal in a written response to a question asked in the Lok Sabha last week. He added that the Supreme Court is now hearing a few writ petitions related to the matter.

However, Law minister Kiren Rijiju’s statement that the BJP’s stand on of the Uniform Civil Code should be taken as the Central government’s stance too, has been criticised by various opposition parties and leaders.

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