Indian Union Muslim League to lead anti-UCC move in Kerala
MALAPPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League has decided to launch a campaign against the move of the BJP-led NDA government to enforce a Uniform Civil Code in the country. The party will launch a collective movement by bringing together all the stakeholders, including secular organisations and political parties, to protect the people’s constitutional rights, said the party’s national secretary E.T. Muhammed Basheer M.P. here on Friday.
The party will convene a meeting of all Muslim organisations in Kozhikode on October 29 to reach a consensus on how to deal with the issue. The meeting would be chaired by Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal, state president of the Muslim League. Representatives from the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board will also take part in the meeting, Mr Basheer said. “We will invite all the Muslim organisations irrespective of their political leanings,” said Mr K.P.A. Majeed, state general secretary of Muslim League.
“In the first phase, we will create a consensus on this issue among the Muslim organisations. The meeting would take a decision on the future course of action and the response to the questionnaire issued by the Law Commission,” Mr Basheer said. A public conference will also be held with the cooperation of all the organisations. The other communities which will be affected by the UCC will also be brought together for a joint fight.
He alleged that the centre was trying to divert attention from a serious issue by focussing on trivial matters like triple Talaq. “The Talaq (divorce) has been discussed by Islamic scholars for long and they have differences of opinion on the various methods of Talaq. The Muslim League is against any political interference in the matter,” Mr Basheer said.
The party stands against the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and its misuse by the governments. “Equality before law is a constitutional right. That should be maintained whenever such draconian laws are slapped on citizens,” he said.