‘Hindus forced to live as secularists’: Sanjay Raut on population control move

The UP draft bill should be seen as an experiment and all good things should not be measured in terms of religion, caste and politics, Raut wrote and also poked fun at Ravi Kishan who has four children and will introduce a private bill on population for discussion in Parliament.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in his weekly column in party mouthpiece Saamana welcomed Yogi Adityanath’s draft bill on population control and said the chief minister should be congratulated for this move. But this should not be introduced because of the impending election, Sanjay Raut said. As Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has opposed the bill, Raut said the BJP should withdraw its support of the Nitish Kumar government if Nitish Kumar opposes the legislation.

Amid strong rumours of the BJP and Sena coming back together in Maharashtra following reports of a rift in the three party-led Maha Vikas Aghadi, Sanjay Raut wrote both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have suffered owing to over-population because of which people have to migrate to other states in search of livelihood.

Observing that the population of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is nearly 15 crore and a majority of the people migrate to other states in search of livelihood, Raut said legal steps must be taken in these states to control the population.

Referring to the religion-based Partition of India after 1947, Raut wrote that Hindus were forced to become secularists while Muslims and members of other religions enjoyed their religious freedom. “These people don’t believe in population control and family planning. Their sense of freedom is having more than one wife and giving birth to children…Obviously, the population of the country increased but most of them are illiterate and remain unemployed,” he said, claiming that Hindus have become a minority in eight states and two Union Territories. “Due to illegal migration (from neighbouring Bangladesh), the population demography has changed in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar,” Raut wrote.

“Hindutvawadis who wanted Hindus to give birth to four or five children to counter the growing population of Muslims are bringing the population control bill. The UP draft bill should be seen as an experiment and all good things should not be measured in terms of religion, caste and politics,” Raut wrote in reference to Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s objection to the draft bill.

In an addendum, Sanjay Raut poked fun at Lok Sabha MP Ravi Kishan who will introduce a private bill on population control for discussion in the monsoon session. “Call it insult or irony, if Yogi Adityanath implements the population policy, 160 BJP MLAs will come under its purview. MP Ravi Kishan who will introduce a private bill in the Lok Sabha for discussion has four children. Ata kay karaych (what to do!),” he wrote.

Source: Hindustan Times

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