An interesting retirement plan has been set by Union Minister Giriraj Singh. The often controversy-garnering BJP leader from Bihar has hinted that he wishes to retire from politics after a national-level population control policy is put in place. "The day a population control policy is passed, I'll retire from politics," said Singh while addressing the media while on a visit to Katihar in Bihar. He is on a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Begusarai.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm not a contender for any Chief Ministerial post nor do I have the capacity for it. I didn't come here (into politics) to become MP, MLA; I came with the chants, 'where (Shyama Prasad) Mukherjee was martyred that Kashmir is ours' and the dream of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. So now my job is done. Its time for people like me to say goodbye to politics," said Giriraj Singh asserting that now since Jammu and Kashmir has been fully integrated post-Article 370 abrogation and Supreme Court's verdict in favour of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, his checklist for politics is nearly marked green.
This is not the first time that the Union Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has raised the population control issue. In mid-October, Giriraj Sinh had taken out a 'padyatra' from UP's Meerut to national capital New Delhi to raise awareness about population control. He had then asked the Centre to address the issue and called on masses to support any such effort. “To bring in such a law, the government seeks the support of citizens. People are very much aware of the issue and so, the government should pass a law to address it,” Giriraj Singh had said. He also said the march doesn't target any specific population. “The ‘padyatra’ doesn’t target any religion or set of beliefs. We want this law equally applied to all.”