BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to form a committee to implement the Uniform Civil Code. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made an announcement in this regard on Thursday.
He made the announcement at a conference in Barwani. The conference was held to raise awareness about the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA).
The time has come when India should have Uniform Civil Code, Chouhan said, adding that a man should not marry twice, and there should not be two laws in the country.
He said a citizen should have the right to keep only one wife, and there should be a single law for every citizen in that regard.
There are many unlawful characters who, after marrying tribal girls, transfer lands to their names, he said, adding that action will be taken against such people.
Bringing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) has been on the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for a long time. The Central Government is getting ready for implementing the UCC before 2024, after getting it passed through the BJP-ruled states.
When Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Bhopal on April 23 this year, he discussed the issue with Chouhan and other BJP leaders. Shah said the Article 370 had been abolished, and the time has come to implement the UCC.
The Uttarakhand government has already set up a drafting committee for implementing the UCC. Madhya Pradesh will be the second state that is going to set up such a panel.