Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Law Minister said that the decision of the government to refer the issue of implementation of a uniform civil code in India to the Law Commission should not be connected to the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh due early next year.
“Do not link it with polls. There will be polls in Uttarakhand also…the fact is that Article 44 of the Constitution talks of a common code.The Supreme Court on various occasions has made observations on uniform code…it is in our (BJP’s) election manifesto,” he said.
Prasad said there was requirement for a “wider consultation” on the issue before coming to a decision.
He told the reporters on the questions related to uniform civil code, there is requirement for a wider consultation. Law Commission has been asked to do consultations. No matter what report it gives is its “discretion”.
Department of Legal Affairs had asked the Commission, a recommendatory body, to submit a report on the issue of a common code that has always been close to BJP and the Sangh Parivar.
This Move assumes significance because Supreme Court had said that it would prefer a larger public debate before taking a decision on the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq‘, which many complain is misused by Muslim men to arbitrarily divorce their wives.
BJP welcomed the move, was opposed by the Muslim Majlis and some activists.
BJP’s and Sangh Parivar’s one of the core issues are Implementation of a uniform civil code, but NDA governments in 1989 and 1999 and the current dispensation headed by Modi have put the combative issues like scrapping of Article 370 and construction of Ram temple on the back side.