A FIR has been lodged up against Sakshi Maharaj, controversial BJP MP from Unnao, for hinting that Muslims were responsible of the population growth in the nation. The case has been enrolled under section 298 of IPC among others. Election Commission additionally looked for a report from the Meerut region organization in regards to the questionable comments by the BJP MP.
“The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration in connection with the statement issued by Sakshi Maharaj yesterday,” the Chief Electoral Officer here said.
As per the norm, the region organization needs to present an answer to the EC regarding the announcement. The BJP MP yesterday stirred discussion by implication blaming Muslims for the population explosion in the nation at an occasion in Meerut.
“This population rise in not because of Hindus. Population has risen due to those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children,” he reportedly said. But the MP later went on to deny he had said anything of that sort.
The questionable comments approaches on the heels of the Supreme Court making it clear that no individual can look for votes for the sake of religion and caste. Excoriating the remarks, JD-U leader K C Tyagi named them as the main real infringement of the Supreme Court rules on utilization of religion in legislative issues.
“Recently the Supreme Court and the Chief Election Commission laid down some guidelines for model code of conduct, including not to use religion, caste and language. This is the first major violation by a major political party that is BJP, by its MP.
“Now action must be taken by the party as well as the Election Commission against Sakshi Maharaj. They are making derogatory comments against one section of the society. This is violation of Model Code of Conduct to incite one section against another. And this is a criminal act,” he said.
“This shouldn’t be seen as the BJP’s stand,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Congress leader KC Mittal told ANI, “Sakshi Maharaj’s speech based on caste and religion is very offensive. It’s a violation of the MCC and the recent Supreme Court judgement,” adding the party would move EC to formally request action against the leader.