‘Ab ki baar, bacche char’: Cong targets Modi, BJP says not its view

"This is why I... want to request women to give birth to at least four children. Give one to sadhus and ascetics," he said.

By: Express News Service | Meerut | Updated: January 8, 2015 6:44 am
Sakshi Maharaj, Sakshi Maharaj BJP, Sakshi controversy BJP member Sakshi Maharaj talks to the media during the winter session of the Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Congress on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj’s remark asking Hindu women to have at least four children, even as the saffron outfit distanced itself from the comment, saying it was his personal opinion.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “Is it that BJP has changed the population policy of India without our knowledge? Is the population policy of India as against that of China, as against that of several other developing or transforming economies now going to be in the electoral slogan – ‘Ab ki baar, bacche char’ or is it going to be ‘Make in India plus 4’. The PM should clarify.”

“It is an extremely serious matter. The Prime Minister has spoken on minute, micro issues. He has spoken eloquently. He has spoken on macro issues from New York to Australia and from Red Fort to Chhattisgarh. Surely he has the time to speak a few sentences and if he doesn’t have the time he can at least tweet about the eminent and wise Sakshi Maharaj,” he added.

“Sakshi Maharaj has shown his wisdom by his earlier statements. The Prime Minister kept quiet… He has now spoken again… The point is the Prime Minister is still silent. And so is the home Minister, finance minister and BJP president. What does this silence mean? The meaning is clear, the message is clear,” he said.

Singhvi said Maharaj’s remark show how BJP looks upon women. “To treat women symbolically as child bearing structures… This is a complete insult to the power, potential and capacity of about 50 per cent of our population,” the Congress said.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said: “The BJP has orchestrated this to polarise the atmosphere and divert the attention from real issues… We would like to hear from the Prime Minister because he is the leader of BJP.”

A red-faced BJP, however, said it does not subscribe to the views of its Unnao MP, with party president Amit Shah asserting that the comment was not the party stand.  “It is his own view… his personal remark. It is not the stand of the party,” Shah told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

Later, BJP national secretary Shirkant Sharma issued a statement urging the party members to focus on the government’s development initiatives and refrain from making unnecessary statements.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:23 am
    The press is so biased that they want to blow out of proportion any statement which is detremental to BJP. Yes there are a few people who feel strongly and give statements. There were several in congi also. Some said 5 rs meal, another said 12 rs meal is enough. There were many cases. did anybody asked a statement from MMS.................anyway he had no opinion on any matter and kept quite for 10 yrs and no body bothers.....did pappu spoke on several issues plagueing the country ever.....................So lets not get carried away by this media hype. Twpo persons are notgoing to change the law...............so let us not react. Somebody spoke his mind and it is foolish so be it.
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      SomeRandomGuy
      Jan 8, 2015 at 6:29 am
      It is not about the opposition.. There is a controversy in asking people to make 6 kids.. Who do you think is going to take care of them? Do you think a poor family is going to manage to bring these children up in a healthy way? Our country already has a potion it can't manage..
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        Diplomat
        Jan 8, 2015 at 5:13 am
        He has freedom of expression and we have it too and that is the reason we express our displeasure on his sound bytes.This is not about Congress-BJP but about different direction this MP is trying to take India to. I am sure even BJP supporters are not happy about such recent rants from its rank.
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          Diplomat
          Jan 8, 2015 at 5:07 am
          Issue does not happen when someone talks about other's religion. It can happen when something absurd is said.You keep 2 and send two to do job for country and religion? Are we manufacturing robots and igning them a job? People in military do not have life? People working for social upliftment (uplift-ment of dharma has religious tone and hence I will ignore it now) do not need to have life of their own? How ridiculous is this suggestion?
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            Diplomat
            Jan 8, 2015 at 5:10 am
            Trivial? I do not think so. This MP is representing hos consuency? Is he authorized or has done any survey if they agree with his views ?He has freedom of expression and we also have freedom of expressing our displeasure.
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              anand
              Jan 8, 2015 at 1:37 am
              can you prove that Hindu potion has declined due to govt's efforts. problem with India is so painfully reflected in you and your fellow troll's comments: a hypocrite, impotent middle calls Hindu potion that is most negative and regressive in thinking
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                Anil
                Jan 13, 2015 at 12:24 pm
                I guess two (Rahul and Priyanka) were not enough to carry the dynasty forward in the eyes of dynasty sycophants. Maybe 4 could have been better? But I think even if the HIs metastasize into 100s, it will only be like the spread of a deadly disease-- they are like the later day Mughals now, reduced to talking nonsense in front of sycophants.
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                  Anil
                  Jan 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm
                  The failed, corrupt government was shown the door last May but left a huge mess. In fact fools like this MAHARAJ are distracting attention from the good work being done my MODI. That this government is firmly on the right track is evident from the increasing nervousness in the Congress which does not even have the will to fight anymore and is reduced to 3rd or 4th position in nearly all states.
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                    arrow80
                    Jan 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm
                    That`s his own personal opinion and not the official stand of the government. News media is continuosly trying to malign the Modi government and trying to paint it as hindu fanatics which is not the case.
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                      utsav
                      Jan 8, 2015 at 5:27 am
                      In the light of charlie hebdo, where is the freedom of speech??? Now will some muslim extremists come and kill sakshi maharaj for his views?? He has not tried to impose nor declare a movement to make it sure, he just expressed his views and even if i dont agree with his views atleast he is not resorting to violence to put forth his views... When people like Vishal Dadlani make songs like sheila ki jawani, that is called freedom of expression and when Sakshi maraj does this it is seen as bigotry.... Selective freedom of expression
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                        Ashok Sridharan
                        Jan 8, 2015 at 7:31 am
                        Will the Congresswale please provide explanations on terms like zero loss and escape velocity?
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                          Barinder
                          Jan 8, 2015 at 2:05 am
                          Take from Agra mental asylum as many as you want!!
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                            Hemanth Bhat
                            Jan 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm
                            I think the Congress has nothing on HAND to complain about...Someone says something and they expect an Answer from the PM...Lets get something Straight here, Our Ex-PM MMSji used to be a mute spectator, a Remote Controlled PM of the Hand, what were u doing then 1. When the Coal Block issues surfaced,2. When 2G scam surfaced,3. When Damadji scam surfaced :-P(oops.... Maybe they're ed off with my comments and may EXPECT AN ANSWER FROM THE PM)It was an individual opinion, so whats wrong, Don't u want Hindu Majority, Congress....?My Muslim Brothers have 8 to 12 children and they're proud about it, when consulted about Family Planning, they're totally ignorant about the Potion Explosion....Gone are the good old days of Nasbandhi...
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                              Hemanth Bhat
                              Jan 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm
                              Well said, Friend, but can you make our Muslim friends understand this....?
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                                NotABabu
                                Jan 7, 2015 at 11:05 am
                                Seriously? You really enhance your credibility with this brilliant idea? Who will pay for bringing up these kids?, their education, their upkeep their emotional needs? Or they will just become street kids raping women from Delhi & an? Meta Bharat Mahan!
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                                  Truthsayer
                                  Jan 7, 2015 at 11:03 am
                                  How is it a controversy? Rightly its his opinion and he has freedom to express it! Oh sorry I forgot, he is not from the "special category" community so has no right to do so; now better apologize to "secularists" and media morons!!
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                                    Khushminder Sahasi
                                    Jan 7, 2015 at 10:25 am
                                    How many surinderk have? Policy has percolated to reign in potion explosion.
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                                      Phantom Pyle
                                      Jan 7, 2015 at 10:11 am
                                      What controversy? If anyone have capacity make 4 or more kids what's the problem.
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                                        ddr
                                        Jan 8, 2015 at 11:45 am
                                        why don´t you ask these questian to any muslims
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                                          Jay
                                          Jan 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm
                                          These sadhus should be shipped out across Wagha Post to feed the dogs!
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                                            benaam
                                            Jan 7, 2015 at 8:40 am
                                            He should have gone to step furthrr and he would said that they can use muslim men to produce more kids!
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