Union home minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the BJP is firm on implementing Uniform Civil Code (UCC) across the country but keeping democratic norms in mind, this should be done only after healthy and open discussions have taken place.

Addressing the Times Now Summit 2022, he also backed the anti-conversion law in the wake of the gruesome Shraddha Walkar murder case, saying conversions through allurements or fear cannot be allowed but possibilities of a pan-India law will have to be studied. Shah slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over alleged corruption and leaked videos showing its minister enjoying undue facilities during incarceration. He underlined that in Gujarat, where the AAP has fielded its candidates for the upcoming assembly polls, the contest is bipolar between the BJP and the Congress.

In reply to a question on why the government is not setting a time frame for implementation of UCC, he said, “We live in a democracy and here a healthy discussion is necessary. Parties may have a stand – be it for vote bank or whatever reason – but if their view is that UCC should not be brought at this time, then an open and healthy debate should be held.”

He emphasised that in BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, a panel comprising Supreme Court and high court judges has been formed and that people can present their views before it.

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