Unnao: Sakshi Maharaj, BJP’s Unnao candidate, is one up on his Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. On Friday made an absurd statement at an election meeting — that those who won’t vote for him in the election will attract “bad karma”. “When an ascetic comes at your door, seeking alms, pleading, and if his pleas are not heeded to, he might walk away with your good karma and hand over his bad karma,” the leader said at an election meeting, elaborating on his divine displeasure theory.
“If you ensure my victory, I will work for you, otherwise do ‘bhajan-kirtan’ in temple,” he further warned, insisting that he was only citing sacred scriptures. Taking a serious note of the controversial comments, city magistrate Rakesh Kumar Gupta said a case has been registered against the BJP MP under relevant sections of the Representation of People Act, 1951.
Sakshi Maharaj, who had won in Unnao in 2014 with a massive margin, had virtually hustled his party last month into giving him a ticket. Known for his highly controversial comments, in a shocker last year, he had demanded that Delhi’s iconic Jama Masjid be demolished as, he claimed, it was constructed on the ruins of a Hindu temple.
Last month, his prediction that there won’t be any election in 2024 had triggered a controversy. “The Modi tsunami has awakened the country. I feel there will be no election in 2024… This is the only election and we are fighting it in the name of the country with full honesty,” Maharaj had said.