Today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced that it will initiate the process of implementing the Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand, on being voted to power again.

Screengrab of the tweet by BJP Uttarakhand.

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Announcing this today via a video message, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the motive behind the move is aimed at protecting the cultural-spiritual heritage of Uttarakhand which will further provide an equal law for all citizens, regardless of the religion they believe in.

“Soon after its swearing-in, new BJP govt will form a committee consisting of judicial people, retired people, intellectual people of the society and other stakeholders to prepare a draft of Uniform Civil Code in the state. This UCC will provide for same laws regarding marriages, divorce, land-property & inheritance for all people, irrespective of their faith,”

said Dhami.

He further added that –

“This Uniform Civil Code will be an important step in direction of realising the dream of our constitution-makers and will give a real form to the idea of constitution. It will be an effective step towards Article 44 of the Indian Constitution that proposes a uniform civil code for all citizens. Even the Supreme Court has time and again insisted on implementing the Uniform Civil Code.” 

He said that the introduction of Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand will be an important step towards realizing Article 44 of the Indian Constitution.

It must be noted that, Uttarakhand will vote to elect its new government on February 14 and the counting of votes will take place on March 10. This announcement has been made two days prior to the voting for the 70 seats of the state assembly elections.

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