In perhaps the biggest move since it came to power, the central government is mulling the introduction of the Uniform Civil Code and has asked the law commission to submit a report to see if implementation is viable in the near future, reports News 18. Responding to the demand, the law commission has promised to consult stakeholders and political parties before taking a decision. Commission head Balbir Singh Chauhan said he would speak to the stakeholders before submitting a report. Sources however admit the decision would be difficult given the upcoming the UP election in 2017.
According to India Today, Law Minister Sadananda Gowda asked the chairman of the panel to examine the issue of implementation. He said: “We have to consult with all the stakeholders about this. The Uniform Civil Code was in the agenda of the BJP too. The question (on its implementation) has been asked so many times in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.” A top BJP leader told India Today, “Unless there is consensus, nothing will happen.”
44. Uniform civil code for the citizens The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India