While the Uttar Pradesh government brings in the revolutionary UP Population Control draft bill to control the burgeoning and overflowing population of the state – the usual suspects, using the crutches of religion have started propagating their archaic thoughts to de-rail the progress. Reportedly, Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq made a controversial remark stating that bringing the Population Bill was going against the will of ‘Rab’ (Allah).
“BJP has failed to run the government. It wants to confuse the public by bringing new laws. Allah has created the world. How many people will be born in the world is in the hands of nature. One should not collide with nature. Birth is the law of Allah and it is not right to collide with nature. It will only harm,” said Shafiqur Rahman Barq.
Barq didn’t stop here and continued with his absurd reasoning to protest against the Bill. The Sambhal MP remarked that if population was reduced, India would face difficulty in a war against any enemy nation.
“What would happen if the population decreased drastically and there was a war with some country? Messing with nature is not wise, it will only cause harm. Who can stop what Allah wants to create? He will be born. Whether poor or rich, everyone gets food by the mercy of Allah. There will be no benefit from the population law.” added Barq.
This is not the first time that Barq has caused controversy with his radical thoughts. After taking the oath as Lok Sabha MP in 2019, Shafiqur Rahman Barq said, “Jahan tak Vande Mataram ka taaluq hai, it is against Islam we cannot follow it (As far as Vande Mataram is concerned, it is against Islam we cannot follow it)”. His statement was met with chants of “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Shree Ram” by several leaders in the Parliament.
#WATCH: Slogans of Vande Mataram raised in Lok Sabha after Samajwadi Party's MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq says, "Jahan tak Vande Mataram ka taaluq hai, it is against Islam we cannot follow it" after concluding his oath. pic.twitter.com/8Sugg8u8ah
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Reported by TFI, the Yogi Adityanath government on July 11, World population Day announced a new population policy for 2021-203. The bill officially titled – The Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 seeks to control the population of the most populous state in the country.
The draft bill has provisions that prohibit people with more than 2 children from subsidies and government jobs. Furthermore, the bill draft states that Below Poverty Line (BPL) couples will be entitled to a one-time lump sum amount of Rs 80,000 (for a single boy child) and Rs 1 lakh (for single girl child) from the government if they limit the family to one child.
The draft bill has already been uploaded in UP government’s website and suggestions, if any, can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org via email till the 19th of July, 2021.