New Delhi : Election Commission on Thursday censured BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on his remarks in Meerut last week on the rise in population in India, but an unrepentant saffron-clad leader fired yet another controversial salvo at the Muslims, asking why terrorists come from only one community.
Ignoring the EC’s warning of “stern action” if he were not “more circumspect” in the public utterances, Sakshi Maharaj again targeted the Muslims, saying India has more threat from “aasteen ke sampon se” (snakes in sleeves) who live, eat and wear everything Indian and yet praise Pakistan and the terrorists. “He may be one attacking Mumbai or killing children in Peshawar, but all come from only one community,” the BJP MP said.
He had defended earlier remark in Meerut that sparked a massive controversy inviting a notice from the Election Commission. The Commission, however, found his explanation unsatisfactory, censuring him for “violating the Model code of Conduct (MCC) and Hon’ble Supreme Court decision.” The EC order says it “expects that you, being a reputed political leader/MP, shall be more circumspect in your public utterances during election time.” The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force on January 4 when the Commission announced schedule for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. In his reply to the EC, he had insisted that he had made the remarks at a gathering of the saints and not at any election rally and hence he cannot be prosecuted. He also claimed that he was speaking “in favour of women.” “If the population is increasing tremendously, if the problems are rising, let me tell you that the Hindus are not responsible for it… The people responsible are those who talk of having four wives and 40 children,” the BJP MP had said in his censured remark.