Former chief minister Oommen Chandy has said that the Uniform Civil Code mooted by the BJP government at the Centre was a sugar-coated poison. He told the media here on Monday that the Union government was trying to create unnecessary issues by trying to implement a uniform civil code in the country.
“The civil and criminal laws are the same for all people of the country. There is no need to create an issue by trying to implement a uniform civil code,” he said.
Chandy said that respecting and honouring the diversity of religious beliefs and practices of various sections of people were vital for a diverse country like India.
He said he had no objection to the state government’s decision to appoint former chief minister V S Achuthanandan as the chairman of the proposed Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission.
He said that the issues raised by Kerala Congress (M) chairman and former finance minister K M Mani in connection with the bar bribery scandal will be discussed in the UDF. Reiterating that there have been no moves against Mani in the UDF, he said that the front will move ahead taking Mani into confidence.
“KM Mani and KC(M) are integral parts of the UDF. There is no move against Mani in the front,” Chandy said.
The Youth Front (M), the youth wing of KC (M), had recently written to the Congress high command alleging that Congress leaders Ramesh Chennithala and Adoor Prakash and bar owner Biju Ramesh had hatched a conspiracy to discredit Mani in the bar scam.
Meanwhile, Chandy honoured the promise he had made while he was the CM to build a house to a Class II student by personally arranging the funds.
Chandy had made the promise to Shivani and other students of the Model LP School, Nadakkavu who called him by name when he came for the work inauguration of the Government Teachers Training Institute in March.
Chandy and the entire crowd gathered were amused when the children yelled “Oommen Chandy” when he was walking to the stage. Chandy went up to the students and they told him their classmate Amal Krishna was homeless and that his parents were ill.
Chandy had announced at the function that he would release Rs 3 lakh for building a house for Amal and felicitated the children who tried to help out their friend. However the fund could not be sanctioned then due to the election model code.
Chandy said that Rs 2 lakh has already been handed over to the family and the remaining amount would be given soon.
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