Vote-bank politics obstruct progressive laws for women: Jaitley

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New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said vote-bank politics and its practitioners are the biggest impediment in the legislation of laws relating to women's rights.

"The vote-bank politics and its practitioners are the biggest impediment in the legislation of laws relating to women's rights and personal laws," said Jaitley, while speaking at seminar here.aitley further said a uniform civil code would be a set of secular civil laws to govern all citizens irrespective of their religion, caste, gender and tribe.

He also said the call for such reforms should come from within the community first.

"There should be reforms in these things, such as discrimination among them (genders), outrage of dignity, right to life with dignity, and in the beginning, call (for these reforms) should come from within each community," he added.

Further pulling up the ruling Congress party for opposing the BJP's decision to unfurl the national flag in Srinagar, Jaitley said: "You see the result of this perverse political argument that in New Delhi-where Central Government is located -- call to disintegrate the country is termed as free speech, and if somebody wants to unfurl the national flag with pride in some part of the country, that is injustice to the nation."

Earlier on January 5, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its plan to hoist the tricolour at the Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day, on Wednesday said the party is inciting Kashmiris and would be solely responsible for "any repercussions" in the Valley.

Replying to a question on the "Kashmir Chalo" rally of the BJP youth wing and its plans to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on January 26, Abdullah said: "Unfortunately the BJP is never happy if there is not fire somewhere or the other. When Kashmir is now quite they (BJP) want to set it on fire again. If their aim is to set Kashmir afire, please tell them to stop. If there are repercussions, I will hold them personally responsible."

"They should not hold me responsible if there is a fallout of that in Kashmir. They will have to come and sort it out. They shall not hold me responsible," he added.

Omar Abdullah further said that there is no point in hoisting national flags individually in Kashmir, as already tricolours will be unfurled at district headquarters across Kashmir on the Republic Day. (ANI)

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