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Sakshi Maharaj asked to explain controversial remark: Shahnawaz

BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said the party's Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj has been asked to explain his controversial remarks.

"Maharaj has indeed been asked to explain his controversial remarks that a Hindu woman should give birth to at least four children," Hussain said.

Indicating that Maharaj's remarks have not gone down well with the BJP leadership, Hussain asked all party leaders to refrain from making contentious statements which could provide a handle to the opposition to attack the NDA government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah have directed party leaders to toe the party line while speaking at public forums, he said.

Speaking on the political situation in Bihar, Hussain exuded confidence that the BJP-led NDA would sweep the Assembly elections to be held later this year as the electorate do not want the return of 'Jungle Raj' in the state, referring to the the 15 year rule of RJD.

"I think the Bihar Assembly polls will be a cakewalk for us and an one-sided affair," Hussain said.

"Nobody wants the return of jungle raj in Bihar," he said and took a dig at the JD(U)-RJD merger talks saying former chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad were desperate for the merger to revive their fading hope of another term in power. .
 
Hussain said if the merger happened, it would be more beneficial to Kumar as he has lost his own support base but could remain afloat by relying on the support base of RJD.

On reports of Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi warming up to the BJP by expressing his desire to work in partnership with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hussain said BJP might consider it if Manjhi is serious about it.

The BJP leader defended party president Amit Shah's directive to the Bihar leadership that no commitment should be made for tickets to those wanting to join the party in the run up to the Assembly elections, saying people should come to the party with a commitment to work and not to get tickets or positions.

On Shah's visit to Bihar, Hussain said the BJP president would be here on a two-day visit on January 23 during which he would address a function to mark former chief minister Karpoori Thakur's birth anniversary and to meet party leaders and workers.

Shah would again visit Bihar on April 14 to address a meeting of party leaders and workers at the Gandhi Maidan to kick off preparations for the Assembly polls, Hussain said.

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