The BJP is committed to bringing the Uniform Civil Code after all democratic debates and discussions are concluded, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday. When asked about the UCC, Shah said it is the BJP's promise to the people of this country from the Jan Sangh days.
"Not only the BJP, but the Constituent Assembly had also advised the Parliament and states to bring UCC at an opportune time, because for any secular country, laws should not be on the basis of religion. If nation and state are secular, how can laws be based on religion? For every believer, there should be one law passed by Parliament or the state Assemblies," Shah said during Times Summit.
Over a period of time, this commitment of the Constituent Assembly was forgotten, the home minister claimed. "Except the BJP, no other party is in favour of the Uniform Civil Code. In a democracy, healthy debate is a necessity. There is a need for an open and healthy debate on the issue," he said.
The Home Ministry said in three BJP-ruled states, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, a panel under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court and High Court chief justices has been formed where people of different faith are putting forth their views.
"We will take action on the basis of recommendations coming after this exercise. The BJP is committed to bringing UCC once all democratic discussions are over," he said.