Police say Sakshi Maharaj’s function in UP had no permission
A day after Sakshi Maharaj, the controversial BJP MP from Unnao, blamed Muslims for skewing the population growth rate by producing more children, the police said that the function in which the BJP leader made derogatory comments had no permission.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Meerut Ravidra Gaur, said it was a religious function, and they had no permission to make political statements, The Hindu reported.
He also added that Mahendra Das, organiser of the event, was also booked along with the Sakshi Maharaj.
Earlier, Sakshi Maharaj made the remarks while attending a public event in Meerut ahead of the 7-phase polls in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP MP said population has risen due to those who supported the concept of four wives and 40 children. “This population rise is not because of the Hindus. Population has risen due to those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children,” the MP was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.
“Mothers aren’t just birth-giving machines. A mother, Hindu or Muslim, should be respected,” he added.
Sakshi Maharaj’s remark comes days after the Supreme Court banned seeking votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language.
Responding to the BJP leader’s comment, Congress leader KC Mittal said the party will move the Election Commission to formally request action against the leader, ANI reported.
“Sakshi Maharaj’s speech based on caste and religion is very offensive. It’s a violation of the model code of conduct and the recent Supreme Court judgement,” Mittal told the news agency.
However, the BJP distanced itself from the MP’s remark. Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, also the BJP vice-president, said the party did not share the views expressed by the Unnao MP.
This is almost textbook practice for the BJP. One of its vocal leaders shoots off a statement which is bound to heighten polarisation on religious lines when an election is nearby. Subsequently, a senior leader douses the anti-minorities nature of the party which by then has signalled to its partymen that Muslim baiting is allowed.