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BJP banks on January rollout of UCC in Uttarakhand to secure votes for Lok Sabha polls | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: BJP is gearing up to enter the 2024 Lok Sabha fray with the claim of having fulfilled yet another of its long-standing promises — implementing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).
Along with the already fulfilled promises of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya and nullifying Article 370, UCC has been integral to the party’s poll manifestos for decades.
Sources said the Uttarakhand government is set to implement UCC in January and its draft will be the party’s template for the rest of the country.

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A senior party functionary said the subject was in the concurrent list of the Constitution and, hence, the Centre would not impose the law across the country but leave it to states to draft their own. “However, our party is committed and unambiguous in implementing UCC in 10 states where it has governments of its own,” the functionary said.
After reviewing how it plays out in Uttarakhand, BJP aims to implement UCC in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Assam, Tripura and Manipur.
“We will go to the people and convince them that the law should be uniform for all citizens and religion should not be a criterion,” the functionary said, oozing confidence that those opposed to UCC would find themselves in a quandary once people respond positively to the new law.

The party functionary said public response to the law would be crucial to carry it forward and would also help understand the changes or improvisations required. “We have to be sensitive about local traditions but there will be uniformity in marriages,” he added.
“We have formed a committee on UCC and its report is expected next month. Once we get the report, UCC will be implemented in the state without delay,” Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had told reporters recently.
An Uttarakhand government-appointed committee, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, has sought suggestions from 2.3 lakh people on UCC during the last one-and-a-half years, while meeting 20,000 people from different walks of life.


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