In a statement that is likely to stoke a fresh controversy, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi justified her earlier statement that Hindus must have four children and alleged that “those having 40 children were trying to convert Hindustan into Darul Islam”.
Addressing a Virat Hindu Sammelan organised by the VHP in Badaun Sunday, Prachi felicitated around a dozen Hindu men who have four or more children.
“When I first made the remarks (that Hindu women should have four children), it was as if the country was hit by an earthquake. The media said you have sparked an uproar. I said I have only advocated four children for Hindus and not 40… It is important because the country needs it,” Prachi said addressing the Sammelan.
She said she was not against love but against “love jihad”. “A campaign is being run to trap Hindu girls. They are trapping our daughters through ‘love jihad’. They are trying to convert Hindustan into Darul Islam,” she alleged.
The BJP was quick to distance itself from her remarks, saying the party does not agree with such views. “The BJP does not agree with any such comment.
BJP does not want to discuss any issue other than good governance and even the people are not ready to accept any such discussion. Under such circumstances, there is no significance of such remarks,” said UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai. He asserted that the leader was not speaking from a party platform.
Addressing the gathering, Prachi called on stage those men who have four or more children and garlanded them.
“Since population of Hindus is decreasing, I thought to felicitate those who have more than four children in an attempt to encourage others,” she told The Indian Express.
Co-secretary of VHP’s Braj Prant, Jagpal Singh, however, told The Indian Express that such felicitation was not a part of the programme.
Those “honoured” included Dwarika Singh, 65, who has 11 children, Rampal Singh and Surnam Singh, who have nine children each.
A resident of Bheta Madhav village, Dwarika, a daily wage labourer, had gone to attend the programme which was held around 35 km from his residence. Of his 11 children, only four have have studied till Class VIII.
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