Days after its Unnao MP, Sakshi Maharaj, once again embarrassed the party with his controversial statement that Hindu women should give birth to “at least four children”, the BJP on Monday issued a showcause notice to him, seeking an explanation on why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him for his remarks.
According to party sources, the notice was sent on the direction of BJP chief Amit Shah. The MP has been asked to explain within 10 days his position on why he continued to make “controversial statements which go against the party line despite party’s denial of such statements.”
When contacted by The Indian Express, Sakshi Maharaj said: “I have already said what I wanted to say. I have not received any notice… Jab notice aayega, dekha jayega.”
Addressing a religious meet in Meerut last week, the MP was quoted as saying that Hindu women should give birth to at least four children. “We have accepted the slogan ‘Hum do, hamara ek’. Now these traitors are not satisfied. They have given another slogan ‘Hum do aur hamara….’ They are advocating marriage of a girl to a girl, boy to another boy. This is what the last government did,” he was reported to have said.
“This is why I… want to request women to give birth to at least four children. Give one to sadhus and ascetics.
Media says there are ceasefire violations happening, so send another to the border,” he said.
The BJP had distanced itself from his remarks and had urged its workers and public representatives to refrain from making such comments. “The party has given him enough warning, but the MP continues to embarrass the party,” said a BJP leader.
Sakshi Maharaj had earlier stoked a row by describing Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “patriot”. “I believe Nathuram Godse was also a nationalist and Mahatma Gandhiji also did a lot for the nation. Godse was an aggrieved person. He may have done something by mistake but was not an anti-national. He was a patriot,” he had said. He was later forced to apologise in Parliament.
At the Meerut meeting, Sakshi Maharaj was also reported to have said that those involved in conversions must be punished with death. “Wait for some time… a law will be passed in Parliament in which anyone indulging in cow slaughter and conversion will be punished with the death sentence,” he was quoted as saying.
BJP’s national Secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party has asked its public representatives and workers not to make such comments in public.
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