Samajwadi Party MP Slams UP's Population Bill As BJP's "Election Propaganda"

Samajwadi Party MP Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq suggests stopping marriages for the next 20 years to control the population in Uttar Pradesh.

Local Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq has slammed the Uttar Pradesh population control bill as "election propaganda" prior to the assembly elections, saying the state government should limit marriages if it wants to stabilize the swelling population.

On World Population Day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath introduced the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy 2021-2030, which aims to control the state's population and reduce maternal and infant deaths in a timed way while lowering the gross fertility rate among females to 2.1 by 2026 and 1.9 by 2030.

According to sources, on Sunday evening, Rahman told the sources, "It (bill) is electoral propaganda. They (BJP) look at everything from a political angle. They just want to win elections and do not take any decision in the interest of the people. Since the UP assembly election is coming, they are concerned about it. By the grace of Allah, we will not let them win,". He further recommended stopping marriages from happening for the next twenty years in order to curb the population surge.

According to Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq, while China encourages its inhabitants to have more children, India does the reverse, which could backfire if a war breaks out.

"There are a lot of births in China, but you (India) are preventing people from having children. There will come a time when there will be very few of us. If there is a conflict, where would you get people to fight from? "Shaqfiqur Rahman Barq expressed his thoughts.

He also claimed that the ruling BJP rigged the recent block panchayat chief elections.

People with over two children in the state will be prevented from running local body elections, according to a draught of the population control bill posted on the state law commission's website.

The proposed bill, which is out for public comment until July 19, also forbids such people from being promoted in government posts, while rewarding those who limit their children to two.

According to the proposal, the state's population must be controlled and regulated in order to promote sustainable development with more fair distribution.