Get married before polls, CM takes dig at AIUDF Chief over UCC

Get married before polls, CM takes dig at AIUDF Chief over UCC

Guwahati: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday made a controversial comment about the marital status of AIUDF’s Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal, sparking a heated debate ahead of the polls.
Sarma suggested that Ajmal should consider remarrying before the upcoming elections, citing legal consequences under the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) that will come into force after the elections.
Ajmal had earlier said that the BJP’s actions were seen as provocative to Muslims, asserting their right to marry multiple times according to their religious beliefs.
Addressing an election rally in Udalguri, Sarma asserted that the implementation of the UCC would make polygamy illegal for all, including Ajmal, and could result in imprisonment.

The UCC aims to ensure uniform treatment for all citizens, regardless of religious affiliation, covering various aspects such as marriage, divorce, maintenance, inheritance, adoption, and property succession.

Sarma’s stance remained firm, stating that he would attend Ajmal’s wedding if invited before the elections but emphasized that post-election, the law would apply uniformly to everyone.

In a recent move, the Assam Cabinet had approved the repeal of the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935, with the aim of combating child marriage and facilitating the transition towards UCC implementation.

CM Sarma reiterated that Assam was poised to become the third state, following Uttarakhand and Gujarat, to enact legislation for UCC, with provisions to exempt tribal communities.

The chief minister’s comments have sparked criticism and debate, with many questioning the timing and implications of such statements in the midst of an election campaign.

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