New Delhi, Jan 12: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday “censured” BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial comments regarding population growth in which he indirectly blamed Muslims for the same.
The EC warned that it would take strong action against Sakshi Maharaj using all powers available to it if he violates the model code again.
EC said that it did not find the MP’s reply satisfactory, “because in the Commission’s considered view, supported by observations of the Supreme Court, any statement to the effect of promoting enmity between different classes of society in connection with election on the grounds of religion made during electioneering or otherwise is violative of MCC”.
After Election Commission announced the dates of State Assembly elections of five states, the Model Code of Conduct came into force on January 4 in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.
Earlier on Wednesday, After Election Commission summoned BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj over his controversial remarks, he said that he did not take the name of any religion and he made these remarks at a meeting called by religious leaders.
“Now, therefore, the Election Commission hereby, censures you for violating … MCC and Supreme Court decision … and expects that you, being a reputed political leader/MP, shall be more circumspect in your public utterances during election time.
“You may also take a note that in case of any violation of MCC in future, the Commission shall take stern actions against you, using all powers available to it,” the order said.
The Commission had earlier issued a notice to the BJP MP asking why action should not be taken against him for his controversial statement.