The Bharatiya Janata Party’s top election concern has been the Uniform Civil Code. In its 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign, the saffron party pledged that if elected to power, it would implement the UCC. The UCC has been dubbed “anti-minority” by its detractors. Bhupendra Patel, the chief minister of Gujarat, declared on Saturday that a committee would be formed to apply the Uniform Civil Code in the state before elections. Gujarat has now made the announcement, joining Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Gujarat’s home minister, Harsh Sanghavi, was quoted by ANI as stating, “Under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi & Union HM Amit Shah, CM Bhupendra Patel has taken a historic decision in the cabinet meeting today — of constituting a committee for implementing the Uniform Civil Code in the state.” Gujarat will have elections in December; the dates have not yet been released.
The Uniform Civil Code has been a major election issue for the Bharatiya Janata Party . The saffron party in its 2019 Lok Sabha poll manifesto had promised to implement the UCC if it was voted to power. The UCC has been labelled by the critics as being ‘anti-minority’. The UCC is a proposal to formulate and implement personal laws of the citizens which will be applicable to every Indian irrespective caste, religion and sexual orientation.
The Narendra Modi administration informed the Supreme Court on October 18 that while a UCC is desirable, it is up to the Parliament to enact legislation. The personal rules based on religion, according to the administration, are a “affront to the nation’s unity.” It continued that the UCC will safeguard India’s integration by uniting disparate communities on a single platform, but insisted that only elected officials and the legislature can decide whether the nation needs a UCC and that no court may order Parliament to draught a certain statute.