BJP Promises Uniform Civil Code In Himachal Pradesh If Voted Back To Power


Less than a week before the Himachal Pradesh election, the ruling BJP made a contentious promise on Sunday that if the party is re-elected, it will implement the Uniform Civil Code, which will do away with religion-specific laws, NDTV reported.

Because a civil code is usually thought to be the domain of the central government rather than a state, the opposition has criticised the move, which was also promised in Gujarat, which holds elections next month, as merely a gimmick to shore up votes of the Hindu majority.

The BJP in Himachal Pradesh has promised to conduct “surveys” of Waqf properties, which are Islamic estates provided for charitable or religious purposes, to look for any illicit activity. The action, which was implemented in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh in September, drew criticism for its polarising intent.

The Goods and Services Tax, or GST, on packaging for the state’s important apple crop, will be reduced from 18% to 12%, according to the BJP’s manifesto. There will also be a 33% reservation for women in government jobs, as well as a promise to create 8 lakh “job opportunities” in five years.

Released by Himalayan state native and BJP president JP Nadda, it also included promises of scooters for college girls and five new medical institutions, as well as bicycles for female students in Classes 6 through 12.

The party also promised to increase the ex-gratia payment for martyrs, open five new medical institutions in the state, and, if re-elected, provide a Rs 900 crore corpus for start-ups in the state under the HIM start-up scheme, according to Indian Express.

In keeping with the promise made in Gujarat, Mr. Nadda stated that the state will create a committee to implement a uniform civil code.

Along with Gujarat, where voting will take place in two phases on December 1 and 5, the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly election will take place on November 12 with results anticipated on December 8.

Every election, the BJP and Congress have often alternated winning Himachal Pradesh; this is a tradition that the ruling party would like to break as Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party makes an attempt to enter the state.

Additionally, he criticised the Saturday-released Congress manifesto, saying it lacked both vision and weight.

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