With some blaming the BJP’s rout on its hardline politics amid controversial remarks made by some of its leaders, the party’s Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj on Wednesday dismissed such charges as “baseless”.
The four-time MP had said last month that Hindu women should give birth to four children.
“When the elections were announced, the BJP was set to form the government with two-thirds majority, as per what Amit Shah and Narendra Modi said. The party should brainstorm as to what happened in the interim that the results turned out this way,” he told The Indian Express.
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“The Delhi results aren’t good and I am also pained by it… There is a need to analyse the situation and see if Sakshi Maharaj was the cause, or Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s haramzaadon remark, or Kiran Bedi, or the unhappy party workers, or the office bearers of Delhi,” he said.
“Mere byan se koi nuksaan nahin hua (my remarks did not cause any loss). If my remarks can elect or topple governments, there is no need to hold elections,” he said.
“Still, if the party feels that I am responsible then they should act against me. If they feel I’m responsible for the loss, I’ll do what they say,” he said.
“And it is not as if people are bearing four children after my remarks. But if somebody wants to blame me, I have no objection,” he said, adding, “I only make remarks which help the party, not go against it.”
“If there was resentment against my statements, then I wouldn’t have won the elections again and again with huge margins,” said Sakshi Maharaj.