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Advani resolves to bring in uniform civil code - The Economic Times

Gabriel Vaz / Agencies ()
January 5, 1998

Title: Advani resolves to bring in uniform civil code
Author: Gabriel Vaz / Agencies
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: January 5, 1998

BJP today reiterated its resolve to bring in a uniform civil code
in the country, saying it was not anti-Muslim and castigated the
ruling United Front (UF) and the Congress for 'betraying' women
on the reservation issue.

Going all out to woo the women in its quest for power, the BJP
president, Mr L K Advani, has held out a series of promises on a
number of issues of major concern for them, including 33 per cent
reservation in all elective bodies, under its government.

Reiterating the party's stand on uniform civil code, Mr Advani
made it clear that it was not aimed against Muslim or any
community, but was aimed at safeguarding the interests of women
belonging to all communities. The personal laws of different

The Karnataka unit of the BJP, which followed up on its massive
convention of the Dalits and backward classes in Bangalore last
month organised a mammoth 'mela' of women at the Nehru Stadium in
this Malnad region.

Mr Advani declared that the party's onward march to Delhi on the
slogan of a "stable government under an able prime minister' was
unstoppable. He said women were the "main pillars of stability at

He lashed out at the Janata Dal, the Congress and all the
constituents of the United Front, for paying 'lip sympathy' to
the cause of women's empowerment.

Attacking the JD for shedding crocodile tears to the cause of
women and failing to enact a legislation on providing 33 per cent
reservation to women, he said it was shameful that the Dal
leaders prevented their own Prime Minister I K Gujral from

The BJP president promised that his party would introduce a Bill
in the first session of the 12th Lok Sabha under its government.

The women of Karnataka, which is ruled by the Janata Dal should
not forget how this main constituent of the UF sabotaged its own
promise of reservation for women as enshrined in its common
minimum programme.

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