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Cong slams BJP govt over UCC; accuses it of ‘polarisation’


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New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday slammed the BJP government after the Law Commission of India (LCI) sought views and ideas from the public and recognised religious organisations on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), saying it represents the government’s desperation for a legitimate justification of its continuing agenda of ‘polarisation’.

Referring to the government communique on UCC, which was issued on Wednesday, Congress general secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh said, “The 22nd LCI notified its intention to examine the UCC. It is strange that the Law Commission is seeking a fresh reference when in its press release it acknowledges that its predecessor, the 21st Law Commission had published a consultation paper on the subject in August 2018. ”

“No reasons are given for why the subject is being revisited. The real reason is that the 21st Law Commission after carrying out a detailed and comprehensive review of the subject observed that it is ‘neither necessary nor desirable at this stage’ to have a UCC,” he said.

Attacking the ruling BJP, the MP said, “This latest attempt represents the Narendra Modi government’s desperation for a legitimate justification of its continuing agenda of ‘polarisation’ and diversion from its glaring failures.”

“The Law Commission has produced an enviable body of work over the decades on numerous issues of national importance. It should be mindful of that legacy and remember that the interests of the nation are distinct from the political ambitions of the BJP,” he underlined.

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