Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Bhopal today, making a compelling argument for the implementation of a uniform civil code (UCC) in India.
The Prime Minister highlighted that the UCC is envisioned in the constitution and emphasized that the Supreme Court has also called for its implementation. However, he cautioned against the misuse of the UCC issue to mislead and provoke the Muslim community, accusing the opposition of engaging in vote bank politics.
During his address, PM Modi asserted that it is impractical to run a country with multiple sets of laws and stressed the importance of equal rights as enshrined in the Constitution. He pointed out that those opposing the UCC are prioritizing their own political gains over the welfare of the nation.
"Today people are being instigated in the name of UCC. How can the country be run on two (laws)? The Constitution also talks of equal rights...Supreme Court has also asked to implement UCC," the Prime Minister said at a gathering of BJP workers.
PM Modi specifically addressed the concerns of Pasmanda Muslims, noting that the community has faced challenges and struggles due to the neglect of empowered Muslims who have deprived them of their rights.
He expressed deep empathy for their plight, stating that they have been subjected to discrimination and insufficient representation without any meaningful public discourse on the matter. Modi emphasized that even today, Pasmanda Muslims do not receive an equal share and are often marginalized, drawing a parallel to the plight of untouchables.
"Our Pasmanda Muslim brothers and sisters' lives have been made hell by those who play vote bank politics. They live a life of struggle, yet no one listens to them. They have faced extensive discrimination, but there has been no debate on this issue. Even today, Pasmanda Muslims are not given an equal share and are often treated as untouchables," he said.
The Prime Minister's remarks come at a time when discussions surrounding the uniform civil code have gained momentum.
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