By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: Congress leader and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said had the Jan Sangh not opposed the then Congress government’s measures in the 1970s, India’s population would have been “under control” by now.
“The BJP (then Jan Sangh) had opposed population control measures initiated by the Congress in the 1970s. If allowed to continue, those measures would have brought the country’s population under control by now. Now BJP is harping on the two-child policy and saying that government jobs will not be given to couples who have more than two children,” Baghel said, according to the Indian Express.
Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, he added, “In the 1970s, then opposition parties had made the population control programme the main election issue, and therefore, the drive got affected.”
Baghel was referring to the forced serialisation drive run by Indira Gandhi-led government in the 1970s.
He further slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his population control policy that proposes to deny government jobs to people having more than two children.
“So will they guarantee government jobs to couples who fit the bill (have two children)? If yes, then bring a law to provide jobs to all the people having two children,” he added.
He was in Nagpur to participate in the Congress’s nationwide agitation against price-rise.