Sonowal and Ripun Bora
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and (right) Assam Congress president Ripun Bora. File image

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora on Sunday hit back at chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Bora was critical of Sonowal’s declaration that anybody having more than two children will not be entitled to government jobs.

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Bora said nobody can impose the two-child policy on anyone in a democratic country.

Bora, a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday criticized Assam Cabinet’s latest decision to deprive people having more than two children of government jobs from January 1, 2021.

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Bora was quoted in a report as saying, “In a democratic country, nobody can impose two-child policy on anyone.”

“Let us expand education in a massive way and spread awareness so that everybody spontaneously accepts the two-child policy,” he was quoted as saying.

He added imposing it on people will not be fruitful.

“Our’s is a secular country and our Constitution believes in secularism, so we must respect the religious sentiments of all sections, religions and castes,” Bora added.

Notably, last week, senior Congress leader Harish Rawat called Assam government’s decision as ‘ruthless’ and ‘unconstitutional’.

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