Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP should implement the Uniform Civil Code across the country

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP should implement the Uniform Civil Code across the country

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday questioned the intention of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat to set up a committee to implement the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), saying if the party wants to do so, it will have to. Should be implemented across the country. Kejriwal asked whether the BJP-led central government was waiting for the Lok Sabha elections to take steps in this direction.

The National Convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was addressing a press conference in Bhavnagar on the third day of his Gujarat tour. The Election Commission is likely to announce the election schedule this week given the 182-member Assembly elections are due later this year. The Gujarat government on Saturday said it has been decided to constitute a committee, headed by a retired high court judge, to implement the Uniform Civil Code. Union Minister Purushottam Rupala had said that the committee would be formed before the model code of conduct for the elections comes into force.

Gujarat's Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi had said that the decision was taken by the provisions of Article 44 of Part IV of the Constitution, which requires the state government to apply uniform laws to all citizens. Responding to a question on the Gujarat government's decision, Kejriwal said, "they have bad intentions". He said, "Article 44 of the Constitution clearly states that it is the responsibility of the government to make a Uniform Civil Code. The government should make a uniform civil code and it should be such that all communities agree."

Kejriwal said the BJP had formed a similar committee before the Uttarakhand assembly elections. He said, "Before winning the Uttarakhand elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party formed a committee that went to its home after winning. Now a committee has been formed a few days before the Gujarat elections and its members will also go to their homes after the elections." Kejriwal also asked why no such committee was formed in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

"If their (BJP) intention is to have a Uniform Civil Code, why don't they implement it across the country? Are you waiting for the Lok Sabha elections?" AAP's national convener said, "So first you ask him that Kejriwal is saying that you don't have to implement Uniform Civil Code, you have bad intentions." On the third day of his visit to the election state of Gujarat, Kejriwal welcomed local Koli community leader and social activist Raju Solanki, who had joined the party along with his son Brijrajsinh Solanki, to the Aam Aadmi Party. The Koli community comes under the Other Backward Classes and there is a substantial number of people belonging to this community in different parts of the state.

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