In response to a question about the government’s stance on the Places of Worship Act, which froze the characterization of all places of worship as they were on August 15, 1947, the Shah declined to comment specifically. Legislation enacted in the face of the campaign for Ram Mandir, was challenged on the grounds of violating the right to freedom of religion and worship.
“After the Ayodhya ruling, a number of other disputes arose and the 1991 law was also challenged. I should not speak on these matters from a public platform as these are sub-judges. However, I must say that every law has to pass regulatory scrutiny,” he said during the Times Now Summit on the topic ‘India: Vibrant Democracy, Global Spotlight’.
When asked if the Government has proposed to amend the law, the Minister said that the court has sent a notice to the Center and will soon clarify its position on this matter. Although reluctant to comment specifically on the law in question, the Shah’s remarks are considered important and a potential first glimpse into the government’s thinking on the matter. Shah also addressed sensitive issues of the Uniform Civil Code, emphasizing that the country may have it by 2024 but there will be a healthy and open debate on the subject, as will the CAA and NRC.
At the CAA-NRC, Shah rejected the proposal that a change in the law to give citizenship to victims of religious persecution in the neighboring Muslim countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan (which sparked protests) anger) has been placed in the freezer. “The CAA is a law and a fact that cannot be changed now; We have to set the rules. These have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No one should even dream that the CAA won’t be implemented. Those who think like that are mistaken,” an interior minister confidently asserted that the BJP will remain in power in 2024.
He promised swift punishment to set an example for Aftab Poonawala, who allegedly dismembered the body of his life partner Shraddha Walkar, and issued a protest note about the leaked videos. Leaked footage shows Delhi Chief Minister Satyendar Jain having a good time inside the Tihar Prison complex.
He stated that the BJP is aiming for a resounding victory in Gujarat and will overtake their previous best number of seats of 129, while also gaining a majority in Himachal Pradesh, besides winning the contests. poll for Delhi Municipal Corporation, where it is pitted against AAP in most polls. a live contest.
When asked to comment on the leak of Jain videos in Tihar, Shah said AAP owes people an explanation as to why they persisted with him as a minister. “This is unprecedented brazenness and a shocking case of a minister serving time in prison without being asked to resign for political moral reasons. I resigned when charged and I was arrested. jailed,” he said, noting that he was dropped by the court considering that the charges against him were politically motivated.
The interior minister criticized the gift-giving culture and denied that free cereals provided to 80 million poor households were also free gifts. “We have connected LPG for free, but people have to pay for the recharge. We have organized the electricity connection for households, but they have to pay for electricity use. We have also built houses and houses. sanitation for the people but they are responsible for maintaining them,” he said.
He said: “Gujarat has a budget of Rs 2,42 lakh and the cost of fulfilling the promises made will come to Rs 3,6 lakh.
Shah has studied the Uniform Civil Code closely, saying that the promise to enact a law is not only part of the BJP’s political journey, but also the Constituent Assembly’s directive to the legislature. . “No secular country can have a law based on religion. How can a secular country and a secular government apply a law based on religion. People regardless of their beliefs just should follow a law,” said Shah.
“Whatever their motives, we cannot continue without everyone involved. That is why the BJP governments in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat have started the process of enacting their own UCCs. them,” he said.
Shah disagrees with the idea that continued resistance means no progress towards UCC. He said the promise will be fulfilled after 2024. He said, “We alone will form a government by 2024,” adding that most likely by then two-thirds of the states can. issue their UCC versions. “In such a situation, Congress will have to think about its course of action and what is left to do,” he said.
When informed that the government had ended the special status for J&K despite a lack of consensus, Shah said the two issues were not comparable. “Article 370’s guaranteed special status is only temporary. Furthermore, the matter concerns only one state and we understood that when Governor J&K wrote it,” he added.
Referring to the Shraddha murder case, he emphasized the need for anti-conversion and anti-love jihad laws. “The law is being strictly followed. You can spread your religion, but you can’t seduce people with money or facilities and force them to convert,” Shah said.
Regarding the need for anti-conversion legislation at the national level, he said, “It’s a gray area. We need to determine if we need anti-conversion legislation at the national level.”
Asked if Jammu and Kashmir was his greatest achievement during his tenure as interior minister, he said: “In Jammu and Kashmir, the Modi government has brought about a drastic change. Previously it was said that J&K belonged to India due to Article 370. Now Articles 370 and 35A are gone but J&K is still part of India. About 30,000 panches and sarpanches are leading the democracy movement there; Investments worth Rs 56 trillion have been brought in; 80 thousand tourists visited UT – the highest number since Independence; J&K’s native language has been recognized as a state language; Dalit and other backward classes enjoyed reserved rights for the first time; And every house has water and electricity. Since the 1990s, terrorism has been at its lowest and there have been no more stoning incidents. J&K is thriving right now.”