The BJP government in Assam is considering new law to make minimum educational qualification for contesting elections. Economic Times reported that the those who have more than two kids will not be able to contest election if the proposed new law is passed.
Quoting Himanta Biswa Sarma Economic Times said “For the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe there will be some relaxation like being a matriculate,”
According to Economic Times report Sarma, health minister of Assam has earlier said that those who are having more than two children should not be considered for government jobs of allowed to become MLAs MPs.
“We are going to recommend to Parliament soon that those contesting elections in Assam should not have more than two children” the paper quoted Sarma as saying. He denied that this law is aimed at Muslims .
Muslims would be the worst sufferers as most of the migrant Muslim families in Assam have 7-8 children. But the intended law is not being made to target Muslims. Even our tea garden workers (who are mostly Hindus) have 4-5 childrenHimanta Biswa Sarma
He said the idea of two child proviso was first mooted under the previous Congress government.
He said that majority of the people in Assam support RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that cow slaughter should be banned in all parts of the country. He further said that a significant population in Northeast consume beef and the country needs to take care of the cultural diversity. Sarma added that what BJP is trying is to narrow down regional diversity in Northeast
When Rajasthan and Haryana introduced minimum educational qualification for contesting elections there were criticism against this saying that this would further exclude already marginalised sections from the electoral process.