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Business News/ Politics / News/  ‘UCC will affect religious rights of minorities..,’ says AIADMK's election manifesto
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‘UCC will affect religious rights of minorities..,’ says AIADMK's election manifesto

AIADMK's election manifesto opposes the Uniform Civil Code, which it believes could harm the religious freedoms of minority communities in India. The party also calls for Tamil to be declared the official court language of the High Courts of Tamil Nadu.

AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami. (Photo: ANI)Premium
AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami. (Photo: ANI)

The AIADMK's released its election manifesto stating that the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) could potentially harm the religious freedoms of minority communities in India.

As reported by ANI, the party's election manifesto reads, “AIADMK will urge the Government of India not to bring any amendments to the constitution for a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) that will adversely affect the religious rights of minorities of India."

Under the segment of language policy, the party has urged the Centre to implement the Tamil language as the official language of the country, noting, "Tamil should be declared by the government of India as the official court language of the High Courts of Tamil Nadu by proper legislation."

AIADMK General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami said, "Our stand on the Uniform Civil Code is the same as that of the 2019 Election Manifesto. We have explained everything there briefly."

In the last four years, the topic of a UCC has been a subject of ongoing deliberation, and it has recently gained prominence once again due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advocacy for a uniform law.

According to PM Modi, having two separate sets of laws is not sustainable for the country, and he believes that the Uniform Civil Code is an integral part of the Constitution.

"Today people are being instigated in the name of UCC. How can the country run on two (laws)? The Constitution also talks of equal rights...Supreme Court has also asked to implement UCC. These (opposition) people are playing vote bank politics," PM Modi had said while addressing booth-level workers in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal.

A strong political debate was kicked off in the country after PM Modi's statement. Meanwhile, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has convened an online meeting of its members on Wednesday to discuss the draft made over the issue of the UCC.

Earlier on Tuesday, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray faction) leader Bhaskar Jadhav said that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party wants to polarise votes.

"A draft has to be made, be it UCC or any other law. It has to be presented in the cabinet. After the cabinet, it goes to the Vidhan Sabha or the Parliament for discussions. After discussions and suggestions from everybody, the government turns it into law", said Jadhav.

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Published: 05 Jul 2023, 12:44 PM IST
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