‘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.
  2. S
    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..
  3. D
    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.
  4. D
    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?
  5. D
    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.
  6. A
    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
  7. A
    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.
  8. A
    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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