India should have a common civil code- Rajnath
Patna, Apr 15: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Rajnath Singh today advocated for a common civil code in the country and demanded the Prime Minister to constitute a committee for evolving consensus on the issue at a national level.
Before taking up the next leg of his Bharat Suraksha Yatra, Mr Singh, flanked by the state Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Party state president Radha Mohan Singh and several prominent BJP leaders, told newspersons here, ''I wonder that even after provisions for common civil code in the Indian constitution, strong observations of Supreme Court and opinion of the President A.P.J.
Abdul Kalam over the matter, the country was still to have the common civil code.'' He advocated for initiating a national level debate on the matter in the Parliament and asked Mr Manmohan Singh to constitute a national committee to build a consensus on the key issue.
Referring to the provisions in Indian constitution, he said its clause clearly speaks for a common civil code applicable to all sections and class. Justifying his demands for the common civil code, Mr Singh cited observation of the then Chief Justice of Supreme Court B N Khare, who had stated that the common civil code would help the cause of national integration.
Mr Singh also quoted the opinion of President APJ Abdul Kalam, who had opined that the country like India with one million population should have a common civil code.
Mr Singh said formulation of common civil code was the responsibility of Parliament which seems to have been downsised before a religion. Later responding to a query, he, however, hastily tried to tone down his statement issued during the press conference regarding parliament's stature.
Mr Singh placed the example of Goa, which had common civil code for all sections, and added that it functioned smoothly and no complain was ever made from any sections of the society.
While advocating for the common civil code, Mr Singh cautioned all from giving it a direction and shape of Hindu versus Muslims and suggested to view it as an important tool for unity and integrity of the country. The BJP leader said that several Islamic countries like Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and others too have a common civil code and they have a uniform law. He suggested to incorporate the good and healthy aspects of all religion in the common civil code. Mr Singh said Maulana Kalbe Sadique of Muslim Personal law Board too had positive opinion on the matter.
To a query he ruled out any differences within the partners of NDA over the issue and maintained that the previous NDA government at the centre was keen to evolve a consensus on it.
Mr Singh said the Suraksha Bharat Rath Yatra taken out by the BJP had been necessiated in view of the possible threats to safety and security resulting from separatist ideologies. BJP's rath yatra was aimed to instill confidence among the people about their safety and security.
The Rath Yatra led by Mr Singh had already covered 15 hundred Km of its total 55 hundred Km route during which the BJP leader, Mr Singh addressed over 600 large and small meetings.