Political parties must rise to the occasion in dealing with population growth: BJP



The BJP said on Monday that political parties should step up to partisan politics to take the right steps on the issue of population growth because the future of everyone is linked to it.

After the United Nations report that India is expected to overtake China to become the world’s most populous country next year, BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi said the issue was not only with his party but with everyone aware that citizen of India.

“Definitely, from the common man to political parties, which should rise above partisan politics, everyone should move in the right direction on the issue,” he said in a press conference.

Although Trivedi did not specify the demands of some groups for a law to curb population growth, senior party leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, who has been a vocal supporter of such legislation, said favored a strict law.

The “demon” of the rising population is preventing the country from becoming a “vishwa guru” (world leader), he said in a tweet, suggesting that China has left India on the terms of development because of its success in controlling its population.

“We should not look at the issue through the prism of religion or caste but the nation,” he said, demanding a tough law to curb population growth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also flagged the issue in the past. In his speech on independence day in 2019, he expressed concern over the “population explosion” in the country, saying it poses countless challenges for future generations.

The Union Health Ministry recently reduced the possibility of legislation, saying the awareness campaign for checking population growth would work. It noted that the growth rate continues to decline.

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