New Delhi | A member of the Indian Union Muslim League on claimed that the Centre was using the state governments to bring the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) through "back door".
Participating in the debate on interim budget in the Lok Sabha, IUML MP Abdussamad Samadi questioned the state government's move to bring in a uniform civil code.
The (Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) wondered how a common code can be brought when the Central government talks of inclusion.
Noting that B R Ambedkar had said that the UCC cannot be imposed, he said, "Nowadays, the (central) government is trying through back door to bring the uniform civil code using the state government," he said.
He also said that legal claims over places of worship of minorities were being made which was against the Constitution.
Samadi's remark comes a day after the Uttarakhand government tabled in the assembly the UCC bill, the first such move in any state after Independence that could be followed by similar legislation in other BJP-ruled states.
Dehradun | The Uttarakhand Assembly on Wednesday passed the Uniform Civil Code Bill, which may serve as template for other BJP-run states to enact similar legislation.
The Bill, which was passed by voice vote, was introduced in the BJP-majority assembly a day earlier and the opposition had suggested that it should be sent to a select committee of the House first.
Once the Bill gets the governor's consent, Uttarakhand will become the first state after independence to get a common law on marriage, divorce, land, property and inheritance for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.
Speaking on the Bill before its passage, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said it is not an ordinary legislation.
The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) will create equal laws for men and women across all faiths and will help create a non-partisan and non-discriminatory society, he said.
It will especially protect the rights of women and put an end to their exploitation, Dhami said.
"It fulfils a commitment we had made to the people of the state in the run-up to the 2022 assembly polls," the chief minister said.
It is a small contribution from Uttarakhand to building of a developed India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dhami said.