New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP leader Mayawati clarified on Sunday that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is not against the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). However, she also expressed her concerns about the way the law will be implemented in the country. Mayawati emphasised that it is important not to politicise the issue and that it will help to sustain social harmony in the country in the future.
Mayawati acknowledged that the implementation of the UCC has the potential to strengthen the country and foster unity among Indians. She believes that it can also promote a sense of brotherhood among people.
The central government has faced significant criticism from opposition parties regarding the proposed implementation of the UCC nationwide. This criticism followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expression of support for the UCC on June 27. PM Modi underscored the significance of having a single set of laws for the entire country, citing the principle of equality enshrined in the Constitution of India. He questioned the feasibility of having different rules for different family members and highlighted the need for a unified legal framework.
Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, heading the panel, announced that the draft of the proposed UCC for Uttarakhand has been prepared and will soon be submitted to the state government.
On June 14, the Law Commission of India invited the public and recognised religious organisations to provide their views and ideas on the Uniform Civil Code, indicating the commission’s commitment to thoroughly examining this issue.
The BSP now becomes the third major party to express support for the implementation of the UCC in India. Previously, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiv Sena (UBT) also voiced their endorsement of the UCC.