Jammu: Home Minister Amit Shah today said that being a secular country, India must have Uniform Civil Code, which, he said, was also recommended by the Constituent Assembly.
Speaking at ‘Times Now Summit on ‘India: A vibrant democracy, global bright spot’ the Home Minister said, “Not only BJP, the Constituent Assembly had also advised the Parliament and states that UCC should come in the country at an opportune time,” he said at the Times Now Summit on ‘India: A vibrant democracy, global bright spot’.
Shah said for any secular country, laws should not be on the basis of religion.
“If a nation and states are secular, how can laws be based on religion? For every believer, there should be one law passed by the Parliament or the state assemblies,” he said.
He, however, said that the commitment of the Constituent Assembly was forgotten over a period of time.
“Except the BJP, no other party is in favour of the Uniform Civil Code. They don’t even speak on it. If they don’t have courage, they won’t oppose it. But they won’t say that, ok you implement it we are with you. We are a part of a democracy. In a democracy, healthy debate is a necessity. There is a need for open and healthy debate on the issue,” Shah said.
He said in three BJP ruled states — Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat — a panel under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge and High Court chief justices has been formed, where all groups and people of different faiths are putting forth their views.
“We will take any action on the basis of advice coming after this exercise…The BJP is committed to bringing UCC but only after the conclusion of all democratic discussions,” he said.
“Nobody would rule on the basis of place of one’s birth or to the caste he or she belongs or how much appeasement somebody does,” he said, adding that the country’s people have accepted this policy of the Modi government.
Talking about the UCC, Shah said it has been a promise of BJP since its days of Bhartiya Jan Sangh.
The home minister credited Prime Minister Naredra Modi for making the country’s politics free from the “naasur” (canker) of casteism, dynasty and appeasement.
“Modi ji has made country’s politics free from casteism, dynasty and appeasement and started politics of performance. Whosoever perform, will govern the country. Whosoever puts in effort, will govern the country. Those who are pro-country will govern (it).