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.