1. After Sakshi Maharaj row, BJP asks leaders to refrain

After Sakshi Maharaj row, BJP asks leaders to refrain

With its MP Sakshi Maharaj kicking up a row by his 'four-child' remark, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked party leaders...

By: | Patna/new Delhi | Published: January 14, 2015 5:30 AM

With its MP Sakshi Maharaj kicking up a row by his ‘four-child’ remark, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked party leaders to refrain from making contentious statements which could provide a handle to the opposition to attack the National National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

BJP spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said Sakshi Maharaj had been asked to explain his controversial remark even though the MP from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh insisted that he was unaware of any show-cause notice on the comments which termed as “internal matter” of the party.

“Maharaj has indeed been asked to explain his controversial remarks that a Hindu woman should give birth to at least four children,” Hussain said here.

Indicating that Maharaj’s remarks have not gone down well with the BJP leadership, the spokesman said all party leaders should refrain from making contentious statements which could provide a handle to the opposition to attack the NDA government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah have directed party leaders to toe the party line while speaking at public forums, he said.

Meanwhile, in Delhi, Maharaj said, “I have no information about any notice. If the party has issued any notice, my office must have received it. I have no information.”

When pressed by reporters for a reaction, he said, “This is an internal matter of the BJP and it has nothing to do with the media. If I have said anything wrong, my party might have given a notice to me. I will reply to it.”

Sakshi Maharaj, who returned to the national capital by train this morning, faced a barrage of queries at the railway station from reporters on the notice issued against him by BJP yesterday.

He, however, evaded all questions posed to him.

Acting on the directions of BJP President Amit Shah, the party yesterday slapped a show cause notice on Sakshi Maharaj asking him to explain why action should not be initiated against him for his controversial remarks in the recent past.

He has been asked to respond within 10 days his position on why he continued to make “controversial statements which go against the party line despite having been warned.”

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