Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Asks Muslims To Control Population Growth, Faces Criticism

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Mr Sarma said that population is the root cause of every social menace and if that is controlled, many issues will automatically be resolved.

On Thursday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to Muslims of the state to adopt a ‘decent family planning policy’ for population control.

Mr Sarma, who became Chief Minister after recently held assembly elections, said that population is the root cause of every social menace and if that is controlled, many issues will automatically be resolved.

“We want to work more for the minority Muslim community to reduce population burden. We want to work together with them so that population in the state is controlled. Population is the main root of social menace like poverty, land encroachment and we can reduce this social menace if population is reduced,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

“It has already been rolled out substantially with the two-child norm during the panchayat election, cooperative, municipal election. We are working on it,” he added.

A population control policy is already in place and will be effective soon, and added that the “government wants to work for the minority Muslim community to reduce the population burden”, he further said.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, completing 30 days of his government, appealed to all stakeholders to come forward and back the government in reducing social menaces.

He further said that the BJP government in Assam will focus to educate Muslim women so that the problem can be addressed effectively.

Mr Sarma also warned that his government will not allow anyone to encroach on Satras, Namghars, holy places, forest lands and the leaders of the community have assured the government that they don’t seek encroachment in these places.

However, after the statement from Mr Sarma, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has slammed him and alleged that the chief minister has intentionally targeted Muslims.

Targeting one community is politically motivated and it is in the nature of BJP to target a single community, AIUDF MLA and party’s General Secretary Aminul Islam said.

“What Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said it clearly shows that he has targeted a single community, he targeted the Muslim immigrants. The Muslim migrants didn’t oppose the population policy adopted by the Assam government. Everyone thinks there should be birth control. But Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement is a politically motivated statement. The main causes of population rise are illiteracy, poverty, lack of education, lack of social awareness. If the people get proper education, it will be controlled automatically,” Aminul Islam said.


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