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In Gujarat, BJP promises Uniform Civil Code implementation

In its manifesto for Gujarat Assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a slew of promises, including implementation of Uniform Civil Code.

The Hindutva party has for decades campaigned for the application of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), which minorities believe would be tantamount to the imposition of Hindu laws.

Last month, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi had announced the formation of a committee to implement UCC in the state. Gujarat was the third Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state after Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to announce such a move.

The ruling BJP is trying to create an “anti-Muslim narrative” during the campaign by raising issues such as the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleged in an interview to PTI news agency.

In its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, too, the saffron party had promised to implement the UCC if it was voted to power.

Several Opposition parties and constitutional experts have, however, called the move as being “anti-minority”.

Muslim organisations including All India Muslim Personal Law Board and All India United Democratic Front, had termed it “an unconstitutional and anti-minorities move.”

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