Uniform civil code will divide the country on communal lines: Congress
The Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena on Saturday strongly
advocated the need for a uniform civil code in the country, even as
Congress and Left MPs cautioned against the use of force
in its implementation.
The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 1996, introduced by the BJP's Bhagwan
Shankar Rawat in the Lok Sabha seeks to make
civil laws common to all citizens throughout the country.
While the Shiv Sena's Mohan Rawale said a large number of Muslim countries have introduced similar codes and the Bill would bring great relief to the Muslim women here, Hannan Mollah of the Communist Party of India-Marxist argued it would create
more problems for the Muslims.
Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi said the
code could not be implemented in the present circumstances as the
country's priorities were different. The implementation of such a code will divide the
nation on communal lines, he warned.
BJP member Rasa Singh Rawat said there should be common laws
relating to marriage, divorce and inheritance for all citizens in
The Bahujan Samaj Party's objection was that the Bill was
part of the 'vote capturing politics' and, therefore, bound to create ill-will
and hatred among the different sections of Indian society.