Tewari asks Akalis to clarify stand on Uniform Civil Code

After Modi advocates it,Union Minister says Code implementation will abrogate Sikh community’s Anand Marriage Act

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ludhiana | Updated: April 9, 2014 6:11 pm

Union Minister Manish Tewari Monday asked Akali Dal to clarify its stand on the Uniform Civil Code in the backdrop of its ally BJP’s demand for its enactment.

Referring to BJP leader Narendra Modi’s recent speech in which he had advocated for Uniform Civil Code,Tewari said that with its implementation Sikh community’s Anand Marriage Act will also be abrogated.

“When Modi advocates a Uniform Civil Code,he means abrogation of Anand Marriage Act and other laws that safeguard the distinct identity of different religious groups,” the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting said.

Tewari also asked the Akalis to clarify their position about the BJP’s stand,seeking abrogation of Article 370 “that ultimately aims at undermining the principles of federalism,which they (the Akalis) claim are so dear to them”.

Addressing a function here,Tewari said,“these issues assume importance since the BJP’s campaign committee chairman (Modi)asserted this.” The minister said,the people of the country in general and Punjab in particular want to know from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as how does he view Modi’s stand on the Uniform Civil Code and the Article 370,“since it aims at undermining the diversity and distinct identities of the people and challenges the very idea of India”.

The Akalis,who have been masquerading as the saviours and protectors of the minorities owe an explanation to the people,particularly the minorities,as “what makes them turn a blind eye” to such an assertions that threaten to undermine the unity in diversity,Tewari said.

Taking a dig at Modi,Tewari asked,it is so ridiculously surprising that he was speaking against terror in presence of the same Akalis who had “supported and glorified” terrorism whenever it suited their convenience.

“This either betrays their (BJP’s) double standards or lack of moral courage to call spade a spade,” he remarked.

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