LUCKNOW: Defence minister and Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh on Monday said like Ram Mandir, Article 370 and triple talaq, the BJP government is committed to fulfilling its promise on Uniform Civil Code.
Speaking at the BJP’s state executive committee meet on Monday, Singh said: “Whenever we talked of Ram Mandir, people poked fun at us and said we did not have any other issue to talk about. We fulfilled that promise. We also fulfilled our promise on Article 370 and triple talaq. We will do what we have said about common civil code also.”
He clarified that the common civil code would not be against any faith or religion. “It will not be against Hindus, Muslims or Christians. Our politics is about humans and humanity,” he said.
Common civil code or Uniform Civil Code calls for one law for the entire country in matters related to marriage, inheritance, divorce and adoption. It was a part of the BJP’s manifesto in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“If we don’t deliver on our promises it will lead to a trust deficit (vishwas ka sankat). The Ram Janmabhoomi movement brought a turnaround for the BJP because the party won people’s trust. They started believing that BJP could also form the government,” Singh said.
“When Atalji was the president of Jan Sangh, nobody could imagine that we would form a government. We gave the slogan ‘chappa chappa bhajapa’ (BJP everywhere). Today that slogan has become a reality,” he added.
Singh said the BJP won eight Vidhan Sabha seats in UP in 1980 and went on to form a majority government in 1991 under Kalyan Singh. “Jab dhancha gira tab bhi BJP ki sarkar thi aur jab Ram mandir ki shuruat hui tab bhi BJP ki sarkar hai (BJP was in power when demolition took place and Ram temple construction is also being done under BJP government),” he said.
Claiming that BJP is different from any other political party, Singh said other parties fell apart over the years but BJP stood united even after coming a long way.
“BJP is not only a crowd of workers but a ‘jeevant raajnaitik sangthan’ (vibrant political organisation). We are the biggest party in the country and I believe we are also the biggest in the world,” he said.
Exhorting party workers to work hard, Singh said even if they did not get a ‘pad’ (position), they would certainly have ‘pratishtha’ (respect).
Source: Times of India