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Monday 27 February 2017
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EC issues show cause notice to BJP MP Sakhi Maharaj

The Election Commission has issued show cause notice to BJP MP Sakhi Maharaj for his controversial remarks, that those who talk of four wives and 40 children are responsible for population problem in India, saying prima facie he has violated the model code of conduct.

He was given a deadline to file his reply as to why no action should be taken against him for controversial remarks.

 

The Commission notice issued last night said prima facie he has violated the model code which came into force on January 4 following announcement of assembly polls in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.

It said read in entirety, his remarks “have effect of promoting enmity between classes of society”.

Sakshi Maharaj said that the country was being divided because Hindus were not having enough children. “Hindu ghataa aur desh bataa,” he said. “Whether Hindu or Muslim, mothers are not machines,” he added.

The BJP MP’s remarks come days after the Supreme Court ruled that political parties and candidates can’t seek votes in the name of religion or caste and ahead of the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh on February 11.