Sakshi Maharaj booked for communal rant
BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj was on Saturday booked for allegedly hurting religious feelings after he indirectly blamed Muslims for the population growth in the country that sparked a controversy, days after Supreme Court outlawed seeking votes in the name of religion or caste.
As the outburst by the MP from Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh drew strong condemnation from opposition parties, the BJP distanced itself from the comments made at a ‘sant sammelan’ here on Friday while the Election Commission sought a report from Meerut district administration.
The FIR was registered under IPC sections 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class) and 153b (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national- integration) among others, police said.
SP Meerut J Ravinder Goud said the FIR was registered at Sadar Bazar police station.
Congress also complained to the Election Commission.
“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,” Sakshi Maharaj said. In a letter to the EC, AICC Secretary, Legal and Human Rights department, K C Mittal urged immediate action against Sakshi Maharaj for violating the law. Mittal said Sakshi Maharaj had not only violated the Model Code of Conduct but also the law and asked the EC to view his remarks as per recent judgment of Supreme Court prohibiting seeking votes in the name of religion.