The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj for allegedly violating model code of conduct by his controversial remark on increasing population. The EC sought a reply from Sakshi Maharaj by tomorrow (January 11) on his speech in which he allegedly blamed the Muslims for India’s population boom.
Addressing a gathering of seers on January 6, Sakshi Maharaj called for implementing the Uniform Civil Code and indirectly held the Muslims responsible for the population explosion. “Population is rising rapidly, and so are the country’s problems. But Hindus are not responsible for this. Those who talk about four wives and 40 children are responsible,” the BJP MP said.
“Remember, if Hindus number decreases, the country will be divided,” said Sakshi Maharaj, days after the Supreme Court declared that appealing for votes in the name of religion was “illegal.”