Asaduddin Owaisi, chairman of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Hyderabad, criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting the introduction of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country. By proposing such a code, Owaisi questioned whether the Prime Minister intended to deprive the country of its pluralism and diversity.
Owaisi claimed that when PM Modi mentions UCC, he is alluding to a Hindu Civil Code. He contended that the UCC will criminalise Islamic practises while legalising Hindu practises. Owaisi advised the Prime Minister to scrap the notion of Hindu Undivided Family and to discuss UCC with Sikhs in Punjab to gauge their reaction.
PM Modi said in a separate speech that the Supreme Court had advocated for the introduction of a Uniform Civil Code. He contended that the country could not function with numerous laws in place and that the Constitution provides equal rights to all citizens. By opposing the UCC, PM Modi accused the opposition of participating in vote bank tactics.
Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal also chastised the Prime Minister, accusing him of diverting focus away from important national issues. Venugopal advised PM Modi to prioritise poverty, inflation, and unemployment before addressing on other issues. He emphasised the ongoing violence in Manipur and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the situation and create peace.
It should be noted that Article 44 of Part IV of the Indian Constitution, which relates to the Directive Principles of State Policy, requires the State to provide a consistent civil code for its residents throughout the country.
#WATCH | AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi speaks on PM Modi's statement on Uniform Civil Code in Bhopal; says, "India's PM considers India's diversity & its pluralism a problem. So, he says such things…Will you strip the country of its pluralism & diversity in the name of a UCC?…… pic.twitter.com/XeBhdBDycD
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