A file photo of BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj.
BJP MP from Unnao, who is in the eye of storm after his comments appeared to blame the Muslim community for India’s population growth, clarified on Wednesday that he did not name any particular religion while making such comments.
While interacting with News State, the leader also demanded a uniform civil code to tame country's growing population problem.
Maharaj said that he did not make the statement at an election rally or public event but at a 'Sant Sammelan'.
Maharaj said that he only expressed his concerns over the growing population which must be controlled and women are not machines to deliver babies.
The BJP MP’s remarks came days after the Supreme Court ruled that political parties and candidates can’t seek votes in the name of religion or caste.
Noteworthy, Sakshi Maharaj appeared before the Election Commission on Wednesday to clarify his stand over his statement after the election watchdog issued a notice to him in this regard.
"Those with four wives and 40 children are responsible for the population increase in the country. Hindus are not responsible for the increase in population," he said. "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," Sakshi Maharaj had said during a meeting with religious leaders in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
On January 7, an FIR was filed against Maharaj in Meerut in connection with the matter.
(With inputs from agencies)