New Delhi: Giani Gurbachan Singh, the chief of the Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat of Sikhs), has asked community couples to have at least three to four children each.
He said that it was the only way to correct the community's dwindling population.
"On one hand, you have a family of two and on the other, a family of 10. It is anybody's guess who has more votes and who will win. This is one of the reasons I ask Sikhs to produce more children. In Islam, families have more children and hence they call the shots in politics. Politics is votes based and Muslims are a big votebank," Singh clarified after his remarked kicked off a row.
He further said that this is not the first time that he asked Sikhs to do so.
"This is not for the first time that I have asked Sikhs to have three to four children. I have said this in the past too. Only one percent are opposed to the idea while remaining 99 per cent agree with what I say," he said.
Singh also counted name of prominent people in the community with three or more children. The names are - Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.