Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Sunday accused the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government and the Congress of instilling fear among the minority community regarding the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC).
Addressing the reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent public meeting in Bhopal, where he expressed a clear and straightforward stance on the UCC, which proposed uniform civil laws across religions and communities in the country.
“The Left and the Congress are trying to indulge in fear-mongering among the minorities in Kerala. This is the only trick up their political sleeves, to keep spewing lies. Our government believes in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas,” the Union Minister said.
He added that for several years and decades, “despite the Supreme Court and the Constitution saying that there was a need for it (UCC) and our luminaries, Dr.BR Ambedkar-ji, also talking about it in their lifetime, one struggles to understand what the Congress and the Left are trying to do,” Chandrasekhar said.
During the Bhopal meeting, Prime Minister Modi firmly advocated for the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code across the nation, arguing that the country cannot be run with “two laws” when the Constitution espouses equality for all.
Article 44 of the Indian Constitution emphasises the State’s responsibility to work towards a Uniform Civil Code throughout the country, which would encompass a common set of laws for marriage, inheritance, adoption, and other relevant matters, irrespective of religious affiliations.
To gather public input and insights from recognised religious organisations regarding the Uniform Civil Code, the 22nd Law Commission of India invited opinions from interested parties, with a deadline set for July 14th.