Opposition parties have hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the proposed draft bill on population control, with a Congress leader asking the state government to tell how many “legitimate and illegitimate children” its ministers have. The remark comes a day after the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy 2021-2030 was unveiled by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to steady the growing population in the state and reduce maternal and infant deaths in a time-bound manner. “Allah will finish them”- Weird response from Samajwadi party leader on UP’s two-child policy.
Salman Khurshid assked to government to tell about “legitimate and illegitimate children”
In Farrukhabad, Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “before making the law, the government should tell how many legitimate and illegitimate children its ministers have. Politicians should declare how many children they have. I will also declare how many I have and then it should be discussed.” When asked to elaborate on his statement on legitimate and illegitimate children, he said, “those who consider it wrong should talk to me.” He was talking to reporters on Sunday.
They should ban marriages if it wants to stabilize rising population- Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq
Terming the bill as a part of the BJP’s election propaganda ahead of assembly polls, Samajwadi Party (SP) MP from Sambhal, Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq said the state government should ban marriages if it wants to stabilize rising population.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Ram Govind Chowdhury charged that the state government had failed on all fronts be it law and order or providing employment. “To divert attention from its failure, it is bringing this bill. Population can be controlled through awareness,” Mr Chowdhury told reporters in Ballia. “If someone has two daughters, will he not go for the third in the hope that it will be a son? There is a population control law already,” he further added.
Samajwadi Leader says – Allah will not forgive
Attacking the state government further, Sambhal MP Barq said it would be better to stop marriages. No one should be allowed to get married for the next 20 years and no children will be born. Those who will challenge the law of Allah will get finished,” he said.
“A lot of births are taking place in China and you (India) are stopping people from having children. A time will come when we will be very few. It there is a war, then from where will you bring people to fight,” Mr Barq added.
The draft bill is now available for public suggestions
The draft bill, for which suggestions have been invited from public, also prohibits promotions in government jobs for such people, while offering incentives to those limiting their children to two. The draft says it is necessary to control and stabilize the population of the state for the promotion of sustainable development with more equitable distribution. If enacted, the bill will come into force after one year from the date of publication in the Gazette, according to the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission website.
Assam, which is another state with big population, too has announced that it will gradually implement a two-child policy for availing benefits under specific schemes funded by the state.