Thiruvananthapuram, July 2 (BPNS)
Senior leader of the Congress party and leader of opposition in Kerala legislative assembly V.D. Satheeshan said that the proposal of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) recently mooted by the Prime Minister was to divide the country and not for implementation. Speaking to reporters in Kochi on Sunday, the leader of the opposition said that the Congress party will respond at the right time regarding this.
He said that the Uniform Civil Code would bring a lot of issues in several communities and added that even in Hindu religion the customs and traditions in different areas of the country are different and bringing them all under one umbrella was impossible. Satheeshan said that while the marriage with the maternal uncle’s daughter or son in the Hindu religion was acceptable in Kerala while it was taboo in North Indian states.
Satheeshan also said that the BJP government at the centre was trying to create fissures between the Muslims and Hindus and thus foment communal divide in the country and expecting to garner votes through this.
The Kerala Opposition leader called upon investigation into the allegations made by former Associate Editor of CPI-M mouthpiece, G. Shakthidharan that a killer squad was deployed by the CPI-M to murder the present Congress president of Kerala, K. Sudhakaran. It may be recalled that G. Shakthidharan who was earlier the Associate Editor of ‘Deshabhimani’ , the CPI-M mouthpiece has strongly come out against the CPI-M leadership including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and is a raging controversy in the state. The senior Congress leader said that the Congress party would go to any extent to charge a criminal case on the revelations made by G.Shakhtidharan
V.D. Satheeshan also said that he did not accept the suggestion of Congress MP, Hybi Eaden moving a private bill in parliament to shift the capital of Kerala from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi. Satheeshan said that Thiruvananthapuram was the apt place for the capital even though he was also a person from Kochi. He said that immediately he had seen the story about Hybi Eaden, he had called the latter and expressed his anguish at him.