Giriraj Singh Sparks Controversy on World Population Day 2019, Links Population Explosion With Religion and Economy
Union Minister Giriraj Singh and World Population Day. (Photo Credit: Giriraj Singh's Twitter/ Pixabay)

New Delhi, July 11: The Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh on Thursday stroked another controversy by linking the rising population of the country with religion. The comments were expressed by the BJP's Begusarai's MP on the World Population Day 2019.

Speaking to reporters on the issue, Singh opined that the rising population was disturbing the social harmony and balance in the country. He also shared his opinion on social media and wrote on Twitter in Hindi stating that a rule should be made of having only two children in the country for every religion. 'Vande Mataram For Burial Land': Giriraj Singh Booked For Violating Model Code of Conduct

He wrote in Hindi, as translated by Hindustan Times, "Population explosion in India is disturbing social harmony and balance. Religious interference is also a reason related to population control. Like in 1947, India is heading towards division on the basis of culture. Every political party should come forward to make laws regarding population control."

Here's the tweet:

Apart from demanding a rule - barring couple to have two children, irrespective of their religion - he also stated that Parliament should discussion in the Parliament. Earlier in 2016, Singh had even demanded laws for sterilisation in the country.

Known for making controversial comments, Singh in past had triggered rows by stating that green flags be banned for elections and changing the names of cities like Bakhtiarpur and Akbarpur, as they were named after Mughal emperor Akbar. It is to be known, that previous Congress government - under then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi - in the 1970s had forcefully imposed sterilisation in the country, which had massive repercussions.