The discussion, which comes in the run-up to the 2022 assembly elections in UP, serves as a way to gauge the public mood over an issue that the BJP and RSS have been talking about for a long time.
A section of BJP leaders feels this is the right time to talk about population control as the general public now realises the dangers of growing population.
BJP MP Rakesh Sinha, who had presented a private member’s bill in the Rajya Sabha, termed the proposed measure resource nationalism. “We talk of Swadeshi because we want our resources for our people. The resources should be equally distributed among citizens and should be there for generations,” Sinha told ET. “Population growth gives rise to economic, sociological and regional conflicts.”
Party general secretary CT Ravi said population control law is the need of the hour. “It is high time Karnataka brings in a new population policy on the lines of Assam and Uttar Pradesh to control its growing population,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “With the limited natural resources available, it will be difficult to meet the needs of every citizen if there is a population explosion.”
The Yogi Adityanath government has put a draft of the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 in public domain and has invited suggestions and comments from the people. The proposed bill talks about restricting government benefits for people having more than two children and incentivising those with single child. A similar bill is also in the offing in Assam.
In Bihar, some of the BJP’s ministers are advocating a population control bill. Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal has even said the state should adopt a one-child policy norm as advocated in the bill by the UP government. However, JDU ministers in the government have countered the proposal, in line with CM Nitish Kumar’s vision of increasing awareness and education among women to reduce the fertility rate.