In response to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) announcement of supporting the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the Congress party expressed surprise at the speed with which AAP extended its support.
Pawan Khera, the chairman of the Congress media and publicity department, took to Twitter to question whether AAP had exclusive access to the draft proposal of the UCC, as other responsible parties were still waiting for it.
“I am truly surprised at the speed with which AAP has extended support to the Uniform Civil Code. Even as other responsible parties wait for the draft proposal from the govt, does AAP have exclusive access to the draft of the UCC proposal?,” he said in the tweet,
The Congress party’s remarks came after AAP announced its support for the UCC but also emphasized the need for wider consultations before implementing such a set of laws.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing BJP booth workers in Madhya Pradesh, claimed that Muslims were being misled in the name of the Uniform Civil Code.
“These days, people are being provoked by the UCC. You tell me, if there is one law for one person in a home, and another law for another person, can that house function?” Narendra Modi asked.
In the past few weeks, the Congress and AAP have been involved in a heated exchange of words regarding the Centre’s ordinance in Delhi. During a meeting of opposition parties in Patna, Bihar, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal called on the Congress to clarify its stance on the ordinance controversy.
Following the opposition meeting, the AAP further stated that the Congress’s hesitation and refusal to act as a team player on such a significant issue would make it extremely challenging for the party to be part of any alliance that includes the Congress.