AAP’s stand on Article 370, Common Civil Code

Distancing himself and his party, AAP , from the party man Prashant Bhushan’s comment about referendum in Kashmir; the AAP leader Arvind kejriwal recently cleared his party’s stand on Article 370 and Common Civil Code.

To the uninitiated,

The Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is a ‘temporary provision’ which grants special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Uniform civil code of India is a term referring to the concept of an overarching civil law code in India. A uniform civil code administers the same set of secular civil laws to govern all people irrespective of their religion, caste and tribe. This supersedes the right of citizens to be governed under different personal laws based on their religion or caste or tribe. Such codes are in place in most modern nations.

To the answer to a question about Article 370 and Common Civil Code by Journalist Madhu Trehan , AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal said,

Article 370 Need not change.

Thus he distanced the AAP from the earlier statement of Prashant Bhushan.

Regarding Uniform Civil Code, Kejriwal informed that since the people in India follow different personal laws based on their religion or caste or tribe; hence if any provision of Common civil Code infringes upon the fundamental rights f the citizens, the existing Laws must remain intact.


It’s great to have some clarity on where AAP stands on Article 370 and Common Civil Code. As it’s a fact that even Hindus in some parts of India undergo marriages under prohibited degrees of relations. That apart, going by the number of castes and tribes in India; it’s very difficult, if not impossible to create an overarching Civil Code.

When asked about AFSA (Armed forces Special Powers Act 1958), which grants sweeping powers to the armed forces in what the act terms as “disturbed areas” in India; Arvind Kejriwal said AFSA is NOT Good.

All three : Article 370, Uniform Civil Code and AFSA are key issues where the electorate must know before Lok Sabha Elections 2014 , where key political parties stand. For instance, when BJP’s PM candidate does a rally in Punjab he says Article 370 must be abolished. But the same Modi, when does a rally in Jammu, says specific provisions of Article 370 must be debated. This confuses the voters.