According to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the minority and tribal populations would suffer as a result of the implementation of UCC.
June 29, 2023, New Delhi: On Wednesday, the AAP expressed “in-principle support” for the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), a contentious issue between the BJP and the Congress that also received “strong” criticism from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a passionate case for the adoption of UCC at a BJP rally in Bhopal, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) offered its support but stated that the code should be implemented with consensus following comprehensive engagements with stakeholders.
In their attempts to form an alliance to challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the opposition parties were not on the same page over the politically delicate topic, as seen by the position taken by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party, which is in power in Punjab and Delhi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh bemoaned that political opponents are attempting to give communal colour if the Centre talks about implementing the UCC, which sparked a political discussion.
According to him, politics should be conducted by uniting society rather than by dividing it. “Indian Constitution clearly allows whatever actions we are going to take. We will keep the same promise. When speaking to a crowd in Jodhpur, the senior BJP politician asked, “Isn’t there one country, one law?”
What is UCC?
The term “UCC,” known as Uniform Civil Code, refers to a common body of rules that are applicable to all Indian citizens, are not based on religion, and cover a variety of personal issues, including marriage, divorce, inheritance, and adoption.
Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, asserted that the opposition party would not permit the BJP to deflect attention from pressing societal challenges. Gandhi made this statement as his party stepped up its criticism of the nation’s government over the growing costs of necessities.
Sandeep Pathak, the national general secretary of the AAP, urged the Centre to have thorough consultations on UCC with all interested parties, including political parties and non-political organizations. “In theory, the AAP is in favor of UCC. It is also supported by Article 44 (of the Constitution),”
The AIMPLB met via video conference to begin assembling its defense against the UCC. ” The UCC will have an impact not only on Muslims but also on other religious communities.
Recently, the JD(U) in Patna criticized Modi’s remarks on the UCC, calling them a “political stunt” for the Lok Sabha elections the next year and claiming they had nothing to do with the minority’s welfare.
This viewpoint was shared by the Sharad Pawar-led NCP, which stated that bringing up the UCC issue was a “political ploy” and that such choices shouldn’t be made quickly.
P Chidambaram asserted that the prime minister was supporting UCC to draw attention away from the problems of unemployment, rising prices, and hate crimes. Additionally, he claimed that the BJP was polarising society through UCC.
The introduction of UCC, according to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), would have a negative effect on tribal and minority populations.
The UCC campaign was hailed by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), which claimed it would help put an end to prejudice against women.