Lucknow: Contradicting Union Law Minister's statement, BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said if his party returned to power in Uttar Pradesh, it will seek the opinion of the state's Muslim women on the 'triple talaq' issue and approach the Supreme Court accordingly.
"If voted to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will seek the opinion of Muslim women in Uttar Pradesh on the 'triple talaq' issue, which is going on in the Supreme Court," Shah said while releasing his party's manifesto for the assembly polls, according to IANS.
The state elections will be held in seven phases from February 11 to March 8.
"And on the basis of that opinion, the BJP government in the state will then approach the Supreme Court," Shah added.
Amit Shah's statement is surprising. For, two days ago Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP government in centre has already submitted in the Supreme Court its stand on 'triple talaq'
"Modi government has made its position clear to the Supreme Court on the matter," Prasad said while talking to reporters in Udipi.
“Our position is that triple talaq is bad on the grounds of gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality. Our constitution respects women’s dignity and triple talaq in that way is unconstitutional,” he said.
"So, will Shah reverse the stand of the union government on triple talaq, if Muslim women wish so?" Salim Baig, an activist, asked.
Following the BJP stand on the issue, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) ran a signature campaign and claimed that the campaign received over 02 crore signatures against the BJP stand.