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Didn’t name any religion or community: Sakshi Maharaj defends remarks

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New Delhi, Jan 11: After Election Commission summoned BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj over his controversial remarks on Wednesday, he said that he did not take the name of any religion and he made these remarks at a meeting called by religious leaders.

He also demanded a Uniform Civil Code on population control.

“Whatever I said was not at a public meeting or an election rally. I spoke at a meeting called by religious leaders,” Maharaj said after coming out of the Election Commission of India headquarters.

Maharaj said: “I didn’t take the name of any religion or community, but only raised concerns over rising population. Population must be controlled, women are not machines to deliver babies.”

The BJP MP was summoned by the ECI on Tuesday and issued show cause notice saying that it is prima facie of the opinion that he violated the Model Code of Conduct by making “impugned statements”.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader on January 7 stirred controversy with his comment in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, that, “Population is rising rapidly, and so are the country’s problems. But Hindus are not responsible for this. Those who talk about four wives and 40 children are responsible.”

The Model Code of Conduct is in place in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh for the Assembly elections. The Supreme Court in a ruling last week said that any appeal for votes on the ground of “religion, race, caste, community or language” amounted to “corrupt practice” under the election law provision.

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PNB fraud case: Rahul attacks Modi asks, ‘where is the Chowkidar now?’

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked prime minister Narendra Modi over the back to back reports of frauds by renowned businessmen.
Stating Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi the Congress leader asked Narendra Modi, where is the Chowkidar who said ” Na Khaunga Na Khaane Dunga”.

Rahul Gandhi also questioned his silence over the PNB banking fraud. He said that the citizens are curious to hear from you.

Rahul also said,” your silence is telling whose faithful are you.”

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Hardik Patel may Campaign for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls

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Bhopal, Feb 19: Gujarat’s firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Monday dropped hints that he may campaign for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls and also stated his intent to work for the youth and farmers of the country. 

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader came up with these remarks here during his one-day tour in the city, news agency IANS quoted.

When asked  about his campaign plans, Patel told the media: “There is no problem in doing good work and will continue doing so.”

He also took potshots at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and in the state for its divisive politics.

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BJP announces candidates for UP, Bihar by-polls

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BJP(Bhartiya Janta Party) on Monday announced its candidates for Uttar Pradesh & Bihar By-Polls.

KS Patel and Upendra Shukla will be BJP’s candidate from Phoolpur and Gorakhpur assembly seat respectively.

Whereas Rinky Pandey & Pradeep Singh will be BJP ‘s candidates for Bhabua assembly and Araria Lok Sabha seat respectively.

The election commission has announced that the election of the four constituencies will be held on 11th March.

The by-elections in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister while Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya was appointed the Deputy Chief Minister.

Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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