Opting to handle the tricky issue of Triple Talaq carefully and that too just ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Polls in 2017 , the Congress party has left it to the Supreme Court to decide the ticklish matter. While treading a cautious line the party at the same time insisted that it has always pitched for empowerment of women. The issue of triple talaq is raging and set to be major issue ahead of the polls .
As the debate over Uniform Civil Code (UCC) creating much controversy, the party expressed itself against imposition of any code and advocated the need for taking all stakeholders into confidence.
With a volley of questions on the issue at the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Shobha Oza fell back upon Dr B R Ambedkar’s remarks on the matter to drive home the point that all stakeholders needed to be taken into confidence for any change.
“It is not proper if this does not happen,” she said, adding that the party goes by what the Architect of the Constitution had said on the issue long back.
Besides, she said that the Congress party believes in the concept of “unity in diversity”.
“We have full faith in the Supreme Court,” Oza said while replying to questions on triple talaq.
The Law Commission’s decision to invite views on the contentious UCC drew criticism from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and other Muslim organisations which said they will boycott it and accused the Narendra Modi government of waging a “war” against the community.
As the Muslim outfits claimed a UCC will “kill” India’s pluralism, right wing organisations like BJP and Shiv Sena, long-time votaries of a common code, strongly supported the government’s decision, insisting it would bolster gender equality and end discrimination against women.
While The Congress prefers to wait and watch , the AIMPLB has voiced its dissent against the UCC. “The Uniform Civil Code is not good for this nation. There are so many cultures in this nation which have to be respected,” Hazrat Maulana Wali Rehman of the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) said. He alleged that the commission is not independent but working as a government body. “We will boycott the law commission, the law commission is biased,” Rehman said.