New Delhi: Less than a week before elections in Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP announced on Sunday that if the party is re-elected, it will introduce a uniform civil code that will remove religion-specific legislation.

Since civil law is generally seen as a federal rather than state prerogative, the opposition has criticized the plan, which was also promised in Gujarat, where elections are due next month, as a ploy to drum up federal votes. Hindu majority.

The BJP in Himachal Pradesh has promised to conduct “surveys” of Waqf premises, which are Islamic properties meant for charitable or religious purposes, to look for illegal activities. The operation, which took place in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh in September, drew criticism for its polarizing intent.

The BJP’s manifesto also includes promises to create 8 lakh “job opportunities” in five years, reduce goods and services tax (GST) on packaging of the state’s important apple crop from 18% to 12% and give 33% of government jobs to women.

It was announced by BJP president JP Nadda, who hails from the Himalayan state, and included promises of five new medical schools, scooters for college girls and bicycles for female students in classes 6-12.

As promised in Gujarat, Nadda announced that the state would set up a committee to develop a uniform civil code.

He further criticized the Congress manifesto released on Saturday, saying it lacked both vision and weight.

With Gujarat going to polls in two phases on December 1 and 5, the 68-member Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will be held on November 12, with results expected on December 8.

As Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party tries to enter the state, the BJP, which has always alternated with the Congress in Himachal Pradesh elections, is hoping to break that pattern.


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