Accusing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of bowing before fundamentalists, Sinha said, "Despite the clear and unambiguous directive and the verdict of the Supreme Court of India to formulate Uniform Civil Code, Rajiv Gandhi who bowed down to the fundamentalists' pressure".
"Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated".
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and several other Muslim organisations have announced that they would boycott the questionnaire.
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 17 Amid a raging debate on the Uniform Civil Code, opposition Congress-led UDF in Kerala today hit out at the Centre, saying it had stirred up a controversy as the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls were round the corner.
He alleged that the move was a calculated effort to implement the proposal by raising the issue of triple talaq. "The UCC is another trump card like Ayodhya, so called nationalism to cover up pro-corporate, anti-labour policies of Govt of India, he said".
The meeting in Mumbai was chaired by Maulana Ashraf and attended by AIUC President Maulana Khan; Mushwarat President Naveed Hamid; AIMPLB executive committee member Maulana Sayed Athar Ali; All India Jamiat Islami Vice-President Maulana Nusrat; Imam of Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, Maulana Mohammed Islam; Shia scholar Maulana Asgar Haideri and Ahlehadis scholar Maulana Asgar Imam Salfi. "Some reform should come in Muslim Personal Law but it is necessary to convince the minority community on the need for it", he added. "The Uniform Civil Code is divisive and will lead to social unrest", he said.
"Those clamouring against triple talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy are a minuscule minority and are not representative of the Indian Muslim community", said Maulana Sayed Mohamed Khalid Ashraf.
"The Government should not interfere in the belief and religion of any citizen".
The community Muslim leaders cautioned that there are hundreds of personal laws in the country and as such a UCC is impossible and impractical.