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What Will Happen To Tribal Culture If UCC Is Implemented? Asks Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday expressed concern over the impact of enacting a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) on tribal culture and traditions.

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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support for the enactment of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and asked what will happen to the culture and traditions of tribals if such a law is implemented.

Modi, addressing a gathering of BJP workers in Bhopal in adjoining Madhya Pradesh, made a strong pitch for implementation of the UCC and said the Constitution also mentions giving equal rights to all citizens.

Asked about the PM's remarks, Baghel said, “Why do you (BJP) always think from a Hindu-Muslim point of view? In Chhattisgarh, we have tribal people. What will happen to their beliefs and orthodox rules through which they govern their society? If the UCC is implemented then what will happen to their tradition?"

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The Congress leader said several other caste groups have their own rules.

“Our nation is like a beautiful bouquet with people believing in different religions, speaking different languages, following different cultures. We will have to see them as well,” Baghel added.

The UCC, which finds mentioned as a directive principle in the Constitution, refers to a common law related to marriage, divorce, maintenance, inheritance, and succession of property for all citizens of the country.

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