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Gujarat polls 2022 : Ahead of assembly polls in the state, Gujarat govt to form committee for ‘ Uniform Civil Code’ implementation

Gujarat: On Saturday, The Government of Gujarat is likely to move a proposal to constitute a committee, just like in Uttarakhand, to evaluate all aspects of implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state. Gujarat has now become the third state after Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to announce the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Gujarat: On Saturday, The Government of Gujarat is likely to move a proposal to constitute a committee, just like in Uttarakhand, to evaluate all aspects of implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state. Gujarat has now become the third state after Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to announce the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.

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As per sources, the committee is likely to be formed under a retired High Court judge. Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said, “Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi & Union HM Amit Shah, CM Bhupendra Patel has taken a historic decision in the cabinet meeting today – of forming a committee for implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state.” Uniform Civil Code is a proposal in India to formulate and implement personal laws of citizens which apply to all citizens equally regardless of their religion, gender and sexual orientation.

Many political leaders have backed the UCC saying that it will bring equality to the country. However, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has termed it “an unconstitutional and anti-minorities move”, and called the rhetoric for bringing the law an attempt by Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Central governments to divert the attention from the concerns of inflation, economy, and rising unemployment.

Notably, in Bharatiya Janata Party’s 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto, BJP promised the implementation of UCC if it comes to power. The Centre earlier this month told the Supreme Court that it could not direct Parliament to frame or enact any law on Uniform Civil Code in the country.

The Ministry of Law and Justice in its affidavit stated that the matter of policy is for the elected representatives of the people to decide and no direction in this regard can be issued by the Centre. “It is for the legislature to enact or not to enact a piece of legislation,” the ministry told the apex court.

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What is Uniform Civil Code?

The Uniform Civil Code calls for the formulation of one law for India, which would be applicable to all religious communities in matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption.

The code comes under Article 44 of the Constitution, which lays down that the state shall endeavour to secure a Uniform Civil Code for the citizens throughout the territory of India.

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