BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj raises concern over rising population

Meerut, Jan 7 (PTI) BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj today raised concern over rising population of the country which was twisted by some sections of the media as a hate speech against Muslims.

“Those with four wives and 40 children are responsible for the population increase in the country. Hindus are not responsible for the increase in population,” he said addressing a ‘sant sammelan’ here yesterday.

“Strict laws are required in this country if we really want to curb population. Parties need to rise above politics and take decision for the sake of the country,” the BJP MP from Unnao said.

The remarks drew criticism from opposition parties even as the Election Commission sought a report from the district administration of Meerut regarding the statement.

The controversial remarks comes close on the heels of the Supreme Court making it clear that no person can seek votes in the name of religion and caste.

Congress leader KC Mittal said Sakshi Maharaj’s speech is “offensive” as it is based on caste and religion and goes against the recent Supreme Court judgement.

“It is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and Congress is officially filing a complaint against him in the Election Commission,” he said.

Maharaj on his part made it clear that he was not speaking at a BJP event

“I had said that the population of India is approx 132 crore. India’s landmass is not increasing but our population keeps on increasing. We need to control this menace.

“We should respect women and I had said that she is not a machine, that is why 40 wives, 40 kids and triple talaq are no longer tolerable. We need to take a decision whether we should have one, two, three or four kids. But we need to take a decision on this,” he said.