Opposition parties resisted the introduction of the Uniform Civil Code in India Bill, 2020 in the Rajya Sabha. The controversial bill has been introduced as a private member bill in the Upper House that envisages a collection of laws to protect the personal rights of all citizens without consideration of religion.
BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena introduced the Bill in the Upper House. The private member’s Bill that seeks to provide for a panel to prepare a Uniform Civil Code. The Uniform Civil Code in India Bill, 2020 seeks to provide for the constitution of the national inspection and investigation committee for the preparation of a Uniform Civil Code and its implementation throughout the country and for matters connected therewith during the private member’s business.
The private member’s Bill was opposed by the members from the Congress, CPI, CPI (M), and Trinamool Congress. The Opposition members said the bill will ‘destroy’ the social fabric and unity in diversity of the country.
They also demanded the withdrawal of the Bill. However, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar called for division and the motion for the introduction of the Bill passed with 63 votes in favour and 23 against it.
Later in the day, the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Repeal Bill, 2022, and Bill to repeal the Waqf Act, 1995 will be tabled. Harnath Singh Yadav will introduce a Bill to repeal the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, of 1991 and a Bill to repeal the Waqf Act, of 1995