The Congress in Assam has described Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma statement on a ” Muslim population explosion” in the state as ‘unbecoming’ of him.
Assam Congress spokesperson Bobbeeta Sarma said the Chief Minister is ” expected to be well versed in the demographic facts of the state ” , hence this statement was uncalled for.
CM Biswa Sarma had asked immigrant Muslims to practice family planning and said : “If the population explosion continues, one day even the Kamakhya temple land will be encroached upon, that even my house will be encroached upon” .
Congress spokesperson Bobbeeta Sarma said the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) undertaken by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and released in December 2020 the total fertility rate (TFR) across most Indian states have declined in the last five years.
” The fertility rate of women in Assam has declined from 2.2 in 2015-16 to 1.9 in 2020-21 and 1.9 is less than 2.1 which means the future population of Assam will only be less than the current population. Hence there is no question of increase in population as per the Ministry’s data, ” she said.
The Congress spokesperson said the statement of Chief Minister in this context about population ‘explosion’ in Assam is ‘certainly misinformed and misleading’.
But Bobbeeta Sarma said a population is possible if the BJP implemented the Citizenship Amendment Act ( CAA) and that attracted migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
” If the CM is referring to the ‘population explosion’ that may happen in future due to immigration of people from Bangladesh and Pakistan because of implementation of CAA then perhaps CM’s concern is valid.
“We at Congress party take this opportunity to assure the CM that we will take definite steps and do our best to save Kamakhya and his house from such encroachment. ”
Congress ally , AIAUDF led by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal , has also rubbished the CM’s statement.
” The CM is issuing these statements to further his divisive agenda. He should focus on the state’s development , about which very little has been done in the last five years of BJP government,” said AIAUDF spokesperson A.S Tapader.