A day after he allegedly blamed the Muslims for the population growth in the country and that it could lead to another partition, Meerut Police today lodged an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sakshi Maharaj.
“Population is increased by those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children. 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 firebrand BJP leader had said.
The statement has sparked a fresh controversy barely four days after Supreme Court made it illegal to seek votes in the name of religion or caste.
The FIR was filed against sections 153b, 295a, 188, 505/3, 298 and 171 of the Indian Penal Code.
Case registered in Meerut against Sakshi Maharaj over his controversial comment on population control, under section 298 of IPC among others
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The BJP has distanced itself from party MP Maharaj’s controversial comment, saying it is not the view of the ruling party nor that of the NDA government at the Centre.
As the comments by the MP from Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh drew strong condemnation from the opposition parties, the Election Commission sought a report from Meerut district administration, while the Congress said it will file a complaint against the MP before the election watchdog.