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Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami promises a uniform civil code of its own

On the last day of election campaigning in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami stated that the BJP government, if re-elected, would constitute a committee to draft a uniform civil code (UCC), given that the “security” of the cultural and religious heritage as well as borders of the state was important for the whole country, reports The New Indian Express.
“The security of cultural and religious heritage of Uttarakhand, its environment and borders is important not just for the state, but for the entire country. With that, soon after our oath-taking ceremony, the upcoming BJP government will form a committee of those with knowledge of the legal system, retired employees, prominent people from society and other stakeholders. This committee will prepare a draft of the uniform civil code for the people of Uttarakhand. This UCC will be for equal laws on subjects like marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance for people of all religions,” Dhami told a news agency on Saturday. Uttarakhand will vote on February 14 to elect its next Assembly.
“The UCC will be an important step towards fulfilling the dream of our the Constitution’s creators, and will solidify the spirit of the Constitution. This will also be an effective step towards Article 44 of the Constitution, which talks about securing a UCC for every citizen of the country. The apex court too has from time to time not only laid emphasis on its implementation, but has expressed dissatisfaction over steps not being taken in this direction,” the BJP chief minister added.
“Along with this, the immense spiritual and cultural recognition of devbhoomi will also be increased while keeping the environment secured. The UCC of Uttarakhand will also act as an example for other states,” he said.
Reacting to the announcement, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Dhami should “understand that ‘uniform’ doesn’t mean common”.
“Babasaheb (Dr B R Ambedkar) had said that it should be voluntary and not mandatory. AIMIM believes in ‘unity in diversity’. What does diversity mean? It means one size won’t fit everyone. India has several cultures,” said the parliamentarian.

Shows your party is losing: Sibal slams Dhami

New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday attacked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami over his remarks that the BJP will constitute a committee to prepare a draft Uniform Civil Code if re-elected, saying this shows the BJP is losing the polls in the hill state and he needs some legal advice.
Sibal asked Dhami not to “embarrass” his party and himself by making such announcements.
In a video statement, Dhami said the BJP, if re-elected to power in Uttarakhand, will constitute a committee to prepare a draft Uniform Civil Code soon after its new government is sworn in.
The panel will comprise legal experts, retired people, intellectuals and other stakeholders, the chief minister announced on the last day of campaigning for the 70 assembly seats in the state going to polls on February 14.
Reacting to the remarks, Sibal tweeted, “Pushkar S Dhami, Please don’t embarrass your party and yourself when you make announcements about implementing the Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand if BJP comes to power.”
“This shows your party is losing in Uttarakhand and that you need some legal advice,” the former Union minister said.

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