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Uniform Civil Code in BJP Manifestos Over the Years

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First published: October 13, 2016, 5:31 PM IST | Updated: October 13, 2016
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Uniform Civil Code in BJP Manifestos Over the Years
BJP supporters, wearing masks of PM Narendra Modi, celebrate the party's performance in Assembly polls of the five states, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI) (Representative Image)

Less than a week after the Law Commission released a questionnaire asking for answers and suggestions from stakeholders on a Uniform Civil Code, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has hit out at the Narendra Modi government.

AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani said the panel was operating like a government body instead of an independent institution.

He said the Modi government was trying to introduce Uniform Civil Code to cover its failures in the last two years.

Did the UCC come up on the ruling BJP's agenda that abruptly? Here's a glance at the party's manifesto over the last few general elections.

2014 Manifesto

-BJP believes that there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women, and the BJP reiterates its stand to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonizing them with the modern times.

2009 Manifesto

-There cannot be real gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code which protects the rights of all women. The BJP, as a first step towards this constitutionally mandated direction, will set up a Commission to draft a Uniform Civil Code, drawing upon the best traditions and harmonising them with the modern times.

2004 Vision document

-The BJP believes that all laws, including personal laws, must be in accordance with the guarantees available to all citizens under the Indian Constitution. The BJP views Uniform Civil Code primarily as an instrument to promote gender justice. We believe that social and political consensus has to be evolved before its enactment.

1998 Manifesto

-Entrust the Law Commission to formulate a Uniform Civil Code based on the progressive practices from all traditions. This Code will: a) Give women property rights; b) Ensure women's right to adopt; c) Guarantee women equal guardianship rights; d) Remove discriminatory clauses in divorce laws; e) Put an end to polygamy; f) Make registration of all marriages mandatory.

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