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Sakshi Maharaj breaks moral code of conduct; blames Muslims for population rise

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Meerut, January 7: While Supreme Court of India ruled out this week that no politician or political party would be allowed to seek vote in the name of religion, BJP’s MP Sakshi Maharaj has sparked a fresh row of controversy by blaming Muslims for population boom in the country.

Sakshi Maharaj was addressing a public meeting at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh where polls are due in less than a month.

Addressing the public rally in election-bound Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi Maharaj said:

This population rise in not because of the Hindus. Population has risen due to those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children.”

Earlier this week, SC had said: Religion has no role in the electoral process—it is a secular activity.

He was here at the inauguration of a temple in Meerut and urged government to implement the Uniform Civil Code. Later on after the media reported the controversial statement, he clarified his remarks and said, “It was a gathering of ‘sadhus and sants’, where political workers were not present. I did not seek vote during my speech.”

The opposition parties have charged Sakshi Majaraj for violation of model code of conduct before election.

Congress has hinted to move the Election Commission to seek action against BJP’s MP Sakshi Majaraj.

Congress leader from UP, Akhilesh Singh demanded his dismissal from the Parliament and said: The BJP leader’s communal remarks are a trick to divert attention from promises made by PM Modi. He should be dismissed from Parliament and BJP should expel him from the party.

Another congress leader Tom Vadakkan said that BJP is trying to disturb the communal harmony in Uttar Pradesh with the objective of polarizing the votes in the assembly polls.

JD-U leader Pawan Verma said, “The Election Commission should take a suo moto cognizance of Sakshi Maharaj’s speech. But, more importantly, it is to be seen, what action the BJP takes against him.”

The ruling BJP however chose to distance itself from the statement of Sakshi Maharaj. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: This shouldn’t be seen as BJP’s stand. It is his personal view.

Though these remarks targeting a particular community in a poll-bound state could be personal of Sakshi Maharaj, but as a member of Parliament, he is representing a post for public. Bhartiya Janta Party needs to either choose to free Maharaj from the post or weigh heavily the “weight” of such comments.

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Election for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

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New Delhi, Feb 23 : Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement.

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

The retiring members include 10 from Uttar Pradesh, six each from Bihar and Maharashtra, five each Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four members from Gujarat and Karnataka while the number is three each for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Two members will retire from Jharkhand while Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have one retiring member each.

Also, bye-poll for a seat from Kerala will be held on March 23 due to resignation of M.P. Veerendra Kumar.

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BJP blames ‘anarchist’ Kejriwal for ‘Constitutional crisis’ in Delhi

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 New Delhi, Feb 23: Hitting back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused the BJP-led central Government of trying to destabilise his government, the BJP on Friday said that it was “anarchist” Kejriwal who was responsible for a “Constitutional crisis”.

Its reaction came after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in a press conference, blamed the Central government of meddling in the state’s affairs against the backdrop of the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.

On Friday, police raided Kejriwal’s official residence to look for evidence including CCTV footage of the meeting where the incident took place.

“There is a situation of Constitutional crisis in Delhi. And who is responsible for this crisis? None other than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“In the past too, Kejriwal has spoken against the basic ethos of Constitution of India and about anarchy. He himself has declared that he is an anarchist. I firmly believe that this kind of anarchist mentality will not be beneficial for Delhi,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said.

Noting that the AAP and Kejriwal always claim that the Central government is not allowing them to work, he said: “If that is true, then what achievements are being claimed through large hoardings and banners on every crossing in Delhi? Are they taking credit for real work or is it just an advertising scam?”

Patra termed it “surprising” that while the Delhi Chief Minister came out to defend a “corrupt” former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar when the CBI raided him, he had turned against his own Chief Secretary when the latter tried to uphold the Supreme Court’s order on advertisements).

The Chief Secretary had reportedly stonewalled a video advertisement featuring Kejriwal highlighting his government’s achievements on the completion of three years, on the basis that none of the departments was ready to clear the opening sentence as required by apex court’s directions.

Patra said that while the AAP has blamed the Centre of “dadagiri” (highhandedness) and “goondagardi” (hooliganism), it should first clear what their definition of these terms is.

“Is it dadagiri or decency to call the Chief Secretary to your place and then get him assaulted by your MLAs?

The controversy had erupted when Delhi Chief Secretary complained to police that he was assaulted by two AAP legislators at Kejriwal’s residence around midnight the previous day. The two have been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

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Rahul Gandhi on three-day visit to Karnataka from Saturday

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New Delhi, Feb 23: As part of his poll campaign, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be on a three-day visit to Karnataka starting Saturday, the party said on Friday.

On his arrival, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Athani in Belgaum district at 1.00 p.m.

Later, he will attend another programme “Sthree Shakti Samavesh” (women’s rally) at a public meeting ground in Tikota of Bijapur district at 3.15 p.m., followed by two other programmes in the district on Saturday.

During his three-day tour to the state, Gandhi will also pay a visit to Bagalkot and Dharwad districts, where he will interact with various groups in the state and address public meetings.

Karnataka assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May 2018.

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