Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has hit out at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his suggestion that Hindu couples should have more children.
हिंदुओं को भड़काने के पहले भागवत जी ख़ुद 10 बच्चे पैदा करके उनकी अच्छी परवरिश करके दिखायें https://t.co/ApCuBzpZz5
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 22, 2016
While talking to young couples at Agra College, the RSS chief had said, “Which law says that the population of Hindus’ should not rise? What is stopping them when population of others’ is rising. The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this.”
Bhagwat has also urged the couples to work for family values and help give birth to patriotic sentiments in children.
His comments have triggered widespread reproach from across the political class, including BJP alliance partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena.
The Shiv Sena termed the RSS chief’s comments on declining Hindu population as “outdated”, and said “If Hindus give birth to more children, problems like hunger, unemployment and inflation will only increase.” The party asked the Centre to implement uniform civil code to maintain “social and cultural balance”.
Sena also sought to know if Bhagwat was discreetly trying to back the idea of Hindus having more than one spouse to boost the population of the community.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “He banks on religion only, what else can be expected from him? In every statement Bhagwat talks of dividing (society). He should have talked about employment, price rise but he didn’t do so.”
Senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan of the Samajwadi Party, known for his controversial remarks, said:
BSP chief Mayawati asked: