“India is a pluralistic country. Different religions have 10 different civil laws here,” he said. The Bill applies to the entire Uttarakhand and also to people from the state who live outside. The state’s tribal population is exempted from the draft provisions.Reacting to the Bill’s draft, the BJP said in Delhi that it was a much-needed move towards fulfilling the promise made by the party long ago. Speaking to the media, Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi said the Uttarakhand UCC will secure the rights of everyone.She said “The BJP welcomes it” as it is being done to fulfill the promises by our ancestors to the nation”, she said, adding that the ancestors will be blessing the government for bringing the UCC into effect. She also said that the makers of the Constitution had deliberated upon this many times.