Union minister Giriraj Singh proposed on Thursday to revoke the voting rights of people with more than two children to control the population.
“If Malaysia and Indonesia can make the law, then there must be a strict law. The nation won’t progress without population control. There must be a balance. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians -- all must have at least one to two children. Those who don’t follow, their voting rights must be revoked,” Singh told ANI.
He said the decline in Hindu population is worrying.
“A law is needed on population control for all religions if development is required. The people of the nation must express their thoughts and discuss it. Media has shown the condition of Hindus in Pakistan,” he added.
Singh said on Wednesday that if India did not change its population policy and enforce a two-child norm for all religions, then women will not be safe and might have to be kept under the veil, like in Pakistan.
The BJP MP from Nawada, who was speaking at a cultural yatra in West Champaran’s Bagaha, was reportedly referring to districts such as Kishanganj and Araria.
This is not the first time Singh has courted controversy for his comments.
Earlier this month, Singh attributed the fatwa asking Muslim community members not to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ to a conspiracy by international powers to destroy India and divide it.
Last month, he had said that Akhilesh Yadav’s government has turned Uttar Pradesh into a nursery of terrorism and alleged that it was not dismissing Azam Khan for fear of losing Muslim votes.
In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he had called for all those critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be sent to Pakistan.