New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued show cause notice to BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj and said it is prima facie of the opinion that he violated the Model Code of Conduct by making "impugned statements".
The Unnao MP's speech at a religious gathering at Meerut in the poll-bound state attracted widespread condemnation while his own party distanced itself from his remarks. Addressing a gathering of seers on January 6, the controversial Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader 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," he had said.
The Election Commission, in its notice, said the Model Code of Conduct is clear that there should be no appeal to caste or communal feelings, and also cited the Supreme Court judgement that held that religion and caste should not be used by anyone while making any statement during electioneering or otherwise. "The Commission prima facie is of opinion that you have violated the aforesaid provisions of the Model Code of Conduct and also wilfully disobeyed the aforesaid order of honourable Supreme Court by making the impugned statements," the notice said. BJP has distanced itself from the remarks by Sakshi Maharaj.