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BJP distances from four-children theory

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Published on January 09, 2015 with No Comments

India’s ruling party BJP had to distance itself from a remark by party MP Sakshi Maharaj that Hindu women should produce four children to protect Hinduism. The Congress slammed the remark and sought clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah distanced himself from Sakshi Maharaj’s controversial statement, the party issued a statement in Delhi echoing similar views. “This is his personal opinion. I don’t want to comment on this,” Shah told reporters in Bhubaneswar.

Addressing a gathering in Meerut , Maharaj said the concept of four wives and 40 children will not work in India and the time has come when a Hindu woman must produce at least four children in order to protect Hindu religion.Maharaj also said a law will be passed in parliament in which anyone indulging in cow slaughter and conversion will be punished with death. Shah said his party was opposed to forcible religious conversion and asked if the “so-called secular parties” would support legislation to prevent forcible conversion.
BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma issued a statement which distanced the party from Sakshi Maharaj’s remarks and asked BJP activists to keep away from unnecessary statements. “BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj’s remarks are his personal views. The BJP believes in politics of development and good governance,” the statement said.“All party workers are requested to focus on publicising the public welfare initiatives of the central government and try to keep themselves away from any unnecessary statements,” it added.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the prime minister had spoken on most “minute, micro issues” but has kept quiet on Sakshi Maharaj’s remarks. “Is the population policy of India now going to be in the electoral slogan — ‘Ab ki baar, bacche char’ or is it going to be ‘Make in India + 4’,” Singhvi said.


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