BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Monday underlined that newly elected Uttar Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will fulfill its ‘promises’ made to people prior to assembly polls. Maharaj, who is known for making provocative and controversial statements, also emphasized that “we are nationalists.” Allaying apprehensions of minority community, he said “nobody needs to be afraid.”
Prior to Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Congress had complained to the Election Commission against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial remarks made in Meerut in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and sought immediate action against him. AICC Secretary, Legal and Human Rights department, K C Mittal said Sakshi Maharaj has not just violated the Model Code of Conduct but also the law and asked the EC to view his remarks as per recent judgment of Supreme Court prohibiting seeking votes in the name of religion.
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Maharaj was also booked for allegedly hurting religious feelings after he indirectly blamed Muslims for the population growth in the country that sparked a controversy, days after Supreme Court outlawed seeking votes in the name of religion or caste.
As the outburst by the MP from Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh drew strong condemnation from opposition parties, the BJP distanced itself from the comments made at a sant sammelan while the Election Commission sought a report from Meerut district administration. “Those with four wives and 40 children are responsible for the population increase in the country. Hindus are not responsible for the increase in population,” Maharaj had said. “Strict laws are required in this country if we really want to curb population. Parties need to rise above politics and take decision for the sake of the country,” he added.
Mittal said Sakshi Maharajs speech is “offensive” as it is based on caste and religion and goes against the recent Supreme Court judgement and warned that anyone even raising communal slogans linked to religion will come under the purview of the Supreme Court judgement.
(With agency inputs)