Sant Kabir Nagar (Uttar Pradesh): Alleging that the BJP-led NDA government in New Delhi wants to incite communal tension for political mileage in the name of Uniform Civil Code (UCC), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday dared the party known for its anti-Muslim agenda to change Goa Civil Code and ban bigamy in the state.
Asaduddin Owaisi's statement came in the wake of heated debate in India following the petition by some women activists in the Supreme Court and the consequent support extended to them by the Modi government seeking a ban on concurrent talaq and polygamy allowed under Muslim personal law.
"Bring changes in Goa Civil Code and ban second marriage in the state before touching Muslim personal law", Asauddin Owaisi, who represents Hyderabad in the parliament, said while addressing a rally in Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is the ruling party in Goa. The state's Portuguese-crafted Family Law recognises second marriage of “Gentile Hindu” man of Goa if his previous wife does not have any children before the age 25 or if she does not have a male children by 30.
Interestingly, the BJP opposes second marriage of Muslims and bats for a uniform civil law applicable to all Indians, irrespective of religion. But it also holds up Goan Civil Code as the model.
The BJP was similarly accused of double standard when its government in Maharashtra banned beef in the state while allowing the same in Goa.
"Modi government wants to create communal tension and risking the communal fabric of the country by raking up controversial issues like Uniform Civil Code", Owaisi has been quoted as saying in the rally by the local media.
Owaisi also accused the ruling Samajwadi Party of having a nexus with the BJP. He said the state government failed in bringing justice to the victims of Muzaffarnagar, Dadri and Bejnaur communal riots.
Owaisi is on tour of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the crucial state assembly elections where he wants to field AIMIM candidates in seats mostly dominated by Muslims and Dalits.
Simultaneously with addressing rallies, Owaisi is also conducting survey of seats which will be safe for AIMIM candidates.