UCC will destroy India's diversity, pluralism, says Asaduddin Owaisi

To cover up its failures and divert the minds of people, the government has been pushing for UCC, says Asaduddin Owaisi.

Hyderabad: AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that imposing Uniform Civil Code will damage the diversity and pluralism of India.

He was interacting with media persons here against the backdrop of the decision of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board to boycott the consultation paper and reject the questionnaire sent by the Law Commission of India.

Replying a question with regard to the decision of the AIMPLB to boycott the questionnaire of the Law Commission, Mr Owaisi said, “As a member of the AIMPLB, I respect the decision of the Board. But we, as a political party, have decided to reply to the questionnaire as it is loaded in favour of UCC.”

He said, “I have been consistently saying and will reiterate again that UCC is not good for our nation. This country doesn’t have only one culture or one religion. Every community and every caste in India whether it is Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Christian or Sikh has its own culture. This country celebrates the diversity of culture and religion.”

He asked whether an agreement can be arrived at on what should be inheritance according to Mitakshara and Dayabhaga schools.

“Can anyone take away cultural rights which the Constitution has given to Mizoram and Nagaland? Why are Muslims being denied Hindu Undivided Family tax rebate?” Mr Owaisi asked.

Stating that UCC is a directive principle, he asked if it isn’t in complete violation of fundamental rights related to equality and freedom of religion.

The MP said that to cover up its failures and divert the minds of people, the government has been pushing UCC to the public eye.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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