Hindu lawmaker blames Muslims for population rise

January 8, 2017 by  
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New Delhi, January 8, 2017: Police in Meerut on January 7 registered a case against Sakshi Maharaj, a member of parliament, who held Muslims responsible for India’s population rise.

However, Maharaj’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has disowned the remarks.

“The population rise is not because of Hindus. Population has risen due to those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children,” the lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao said on January 6 while addressing an event in Meerut, a town some 85 km northeast of New Delhi.

“This shouldn’t be seen as BJP’s stand,” federal minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Maharaj’s clarification on January 7 did nothing to calm the outrage. “The population is increasing by the day. A woman is not a machine. It is not acceptable to have four wives, 40 children and three divorces… We should be rewarded as I have four brothers and we all are unmarried and we don’t have any children,” the lawmaker told news agency ANI.

The controversial comments come right ahead of elections in Uttar Pradesh where polling dates have been announced by the Election Commission. Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases from February 11 to March 8, and the Model Code of Conduct is in place.

The Congress, which has hit out at the BJP over Maharaj’s remarks, says it will approach the Election Commission demanding action. “The speech of Sakshi Maharaj based on religion and caste is very offensive and it violates the Model Code of Conduct. I feel action should be taken. We will definitely move the Election Commission,” Congress’ KC Mittal told ANI.

Maharaj is known for his intemperate remarks. He had demanded death penalty in cases of cow slaughter last year. He had also said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was “mad” and compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lord Krishna.

– matters india

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