Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) not to force its view on others and make it political on the issue of Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code.
“You want to boycott Law Commission, then it’s your choice,” Naidu was quoted saying by news agency ANI. The minister added that it is not proper to drag the name of the prime minister every time.
“Triple talaq is being linked to Uniform Civil Code but main issues are gender justice, non-discrimination and dignity of women,” said Naidu, who called for a healthy debate on the issue. He promised that nothing will be imposed on the people.
The AIMPLB slammed the government Thursday for creating discord between communities, saying the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) was against the very constitution of India.
“It seems that the Modi government is using UCC as a ruse to divert attention from its failures of the last 30 months. It is a new war the government is waging. Sarhad to sambhal nahin rahi, andarooni jung ki taiyyari kar rahein hain (They cannot protect the borders but are preparing for internal strife),” Maulana Wali Rehmani, general secretary of AIMPLB alleged in a press conference.
However leaders of the BJP have maintained that the issues of UCC and triple talaq are disparate and should not be seen as extensions of each other.
The BJP-led Centre has told the Supreme Court that triple talaq, an Islamic divorce practice, is violation of gender equality and unconstitutional.