"Before provoking Hindus, Mohan Bhagwatji should produce 10 kids himself and bring them up well," the Delhi chief minister said.

"Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? There is nothing like that. What is stopping them when population of others is rising? The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this," Bhagwat had said on Saturday on the issue of declining Hindu population.

He had made the remarks while addressing an event in Agra as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions.

Shiv Sena Slams Bhagwat’s Statement

Terming Mohan Bhagwat's comments on declining Hindu population as "outdated", Shiv Sena said the progressive Hindu community would not accept his thoughts and asked the Centre to implement uniform civil code to maintain "social and cultural balance".
Instead of focusing on increasing the population of Hindus to counter the rising Muslim population, the Narendra Modi government needs to implement the uniform civil code at the earliest, Sena, a long-time ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said.

"Mohan Bhagwat has tried to present outdated thoughts in a modern way. His remarks will not be accepted by progressive Hindu community. Also, PM Modi would not agree that increasing Hindu population is the right way to counter growing Muslim population," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

Opposition Takes On Bhagwat

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "In every statement Bhagwat talks of dividing (society). He should have talked about employment, price rise but he didn't do so."

BSP chief Mayawati, while addressing a rally in Agra, also criticised Bhagwat for this comment on Hindu population. "The RSS chief tells Hindus to produce more than two children. I want to tell him: 'You say produce more children, then ask Narendra Modi and central government if they will make arrangements for feeding them'," she said.

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