New Delhi: Days after the Supreme Court ruled that no politician or political party was allowed to seek vote in the name of religion, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has created a fresh controversy by blaming Muslims for population boom.
Sakshi Maharaj’s speech came merely two days after the Election Commission announced the dates for polling in five states including Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a public meeting at Meerut 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.”
Sakshi Maharaj was speaking at a function to inaugurate a temple in Meerut, where he urged the government to implement the Uniform Civil Code.
While clarifying his remarks, Sakshi Maharaj later denied seeking vote in the name of religion. “It was a gathering of ‘sadhus and sants’, where political workers were not present. I did not seek vote during my speech.”
However, the opposition parties have condemned the Sakshi Majaraj’s statement saying it a violation of model code of conduct.
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.”
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said that the BJP was trying to disturb the communal harmony in Uttar Pradesh with the objective of polarising the votes in the assembly election.
The BJP has distanced itself from the statement of Sakshi Maharaj. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that this shouldn’t be seen as BJP’s stand. It is his personal view.
The Congress is likely to move the Election Commission seeking action against the BJP MP. UP Chief Election Officer is expected to seek report from District Magistrate of Meerut on Sakshi Maharaj’s comment.