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Take all into confidence on Uniform Civil Code: Congress


New Delhi: Opposing what it called attempts at imposition of a Uniform Civil Code in the country, the Congress on Friday said the code cannot be put into effect till all stakeholders are taken into confidence.

It said the issue of ‘triple talaq’ was sub judice and that the party had “full faith in the Supreme Court” on the issue.

“The Supreme Court has always safeguarded the rights of women. So, we will wait for its decision. I would say we have full confidence in the Supreme Court,” said Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza.

When asked if the Congress had a clear stand on the Uniform Civil Code and ‘triple talaq’, Oza said: “The Congress has always moved forward by taking along all the sections of society. We have faith in ‘Unity in Diversity’.”

Quoting B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, Oza said: “Let there be a common civil code containing the best of all religions but it cannot be imposed on any one.

“Let the citizens adopt it willingly as an ideal which has also been described in Article 44 of the Constitution. It cannot be imposed till all the stakeholders are taken into confidence. It can be adopted if it is accepted by all sections of society.”

Oza said: “It is not proper if this does not happen. The Congress holds the same thought as Ambedkar.”

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a number of other prominent Muslim organisations on Thursday rejected the Law Commission’s questionnaire on the Uniform Civil Code, calling it “misleading”.

AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said the Muslims in the country will not respond to it.


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