EC notice to BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj hate speech about Muslims ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls

- Alive Correspondent   10-01-2017


On January 6 and 7 Maharaj said - without naming Muslims - that any community that is "allowed to marry four times and have 40 children is responsible for the country's population explosion".
"...a woman is not a machine. Four wives, 40 children, three divorces, all this is not acceptable," Maharaj said on January 7, a day after his first set of inflammatory comments at a meeting of Hindu religious leaders in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

The EC's model code of conduct forbids such talk.
The Election Commission (EC) today issued a notice to BJP Parliamentarian Sakshi Maharaj for his offensive comments about Muslims in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
While offensive in and of themselves, the BJP leader's comments were also in violation of the EC's Model Code of Conduct. The EC has ordered Maharaj to reply by January 11.
"No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic...
There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda," the EC says describing what's proscribed as per the Model Code of Conduct.