Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma touched a nerve at present saying “social menaces” like land encroachment could be solved if the immigrant Muslims observe a household planning norms and management their inhabitants. “If the population explosion continues, one day even the Kamakhya temple land will be encroached upon. Even my house will be (encroached upon),” he added, referring to the state’s well-known pilgrim Centre.
The Chief Minister, who has simply accomplished a month in workplace, made the comment at a press convention in Guwahati whereas answering a query on a sequence of anti-encroachment drives, the place the individuals displaced belong to the immigrant Muslim neighborhood.
The Bengali-speaking Muslims of central and decrease Assam are thought of immigrant Muslims from Bangladesh. In the final meeting polls, the BJP’s narrative has been to guard the indigenous communities of Assam in opposition to them.
Immigrant Muslims comprise round 31 per cent of Assam’s 3.12 crore inhabitants and are a deciding think about as many as 35 of the 126 meeting seats.
“We have already enacted a population policy in the last assembly session. But we particularly want to work with the minority Muslim community to reduce the population burden,” Mr Sarma stated.
Population explosion, he stated, was the important thing to social evils like poverty and encroachment.
Encroachment can’t be allowed on forest, temple and satra lands belonging to Vaishnavite monasteries, the Chief Minister stated. “But I understand that it is due to a high growth of population. I understand the pressure on the other side. Where will the people stay?” Mr Sarma stated.
“If we can control the population, we can solve several social problems… if the immigrant Muslims can adopt a decent family planning norms — this is my appeal to them,” he stated, including that he wish to work on this concern with all of the stakeholders, together with organizations like Badruddin Ajmal’s occasion AIUDF and the All Assam Minority Students’ Union or AAMSU.
“The Chief Minister’s statement is politically motivated and targets one community,” stated Animul Islam, the AIUDF General secretary and MLA from Mancachar constituency.
“When the state government framed the population policy, we never opposed it. But it is unfortunate that the Chief Minister is not seeing the main reason why the population is more among the people he is refering to at migrant Muslims. It is largely due to poverty and illiteracy and he did not spell out his plan in terms of poverty and illiteracy,” he instructed NDTV.
Earlier, a number of BJP leaders have remarked on the topic, triggering large controversy.
In January 2018, Banwari Lal Singhal, BJP MLA from Rajasthan, stated Muslims had been bearing extra kids with an goal to “outnumber Hindus and take control of the country by 2030”.
“Muslims were giving birth to 12-14 children… while Hindus restrict the number to one or two,” he stated in a Facebook publish which he had refused to take down.
In July that yr, former BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Hari Om Pandey, in a hate speech, stated instances of rape and homicide are on the rise within the nation due to the rising Muslim inhabitants.
“If one looks closely, there is a rapid increase in the percentage of Muslims since the time of independence,” he had stated.
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