The introduction of a private member bill by a BJP member on implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) across the country witnessed vociferous protest from the Opposition members in Rajya Sabha on December 9. The Opposition members requested the BJP member Kirodi Lal Meena to withdraw the Bill and also asked Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar to not accept the legislation.
The Bill seeks constitution of the National Inspection and Investigation Committee for preparation of UCC and its implementation throughout India.
Private members’ bill needs the backing of the government to get passed in the Parliament.
The introduction of the bill was put for voting and was passed through a voice vote, of 63 votes in favour and 23 against. Many Opposition members from Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were not present at the time of voting.
Opposing the bill, MDMK’s Vaiko said, “You may have the majority, they are implementing the agenda of RSS. They have finished Kashmir…we are leading towards disaster and disintegration of the country, and minorities are terribly hurt, kindly see that the bill is not introduced today. It is a day of shame and sorrow that we have to go through this.”
IUML’s Abdul Wahab said this was a deliberate provocation and it cannot be implemented in India. “This is not a criminal code, everywhere intolerance is there…this is not in benefit of the nation, take back this bill,” he said.
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