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Congress meeting held behind closed doors on UCC, Legal Experts give special advice to the Party

New Delhi. Top Legal Experts of the Congress met on Saturday to discuss the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and are understood to have decided to announce the party’s stand only after advising the party leadership to take a nuanced stand on the matter and considering the draft bill. It is believed that the government can bring a law regarding UCC in Parliament.

Senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid, Abhishek Singhvi, Vivek Tankha, Manish Tewari and KTS Tulsi met and discussed the legal and social aspects of the UCC for over one-and-a-half hours.

The Indian Express quoted its sources as saying that the leaders were of the view that the party should take a “nuanced” view on UCC as the issue has multiple layers and is complex. The leaders feel that the BJP would like the Congress to take a stand for or against the UCC, but the party will have to look into various aspects before arriving at a decision.

The Congress had earlier this month decided to wait till the BJP government takes the next step on UCC and brings a draft bill. The party had refrained from “hastening” against the idea in the absence of a bill. Leaders attending the meeting had said the party opposes the idea of uniformity and considers the UCC an “attack on diversity”.

Law Commission seeks public opinion on UCC
The UCC has come into the limelight after the Law Commission issued a public notice on June 13 inviting views and suggestions from religious organisations and people on the contentious issue. The Uniform Civil Code has long been one of the bjp’s three key poll issues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently made a strong pitch for a uniform civil code in Bhopal, asking “how will the country run with a dual system”?

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