In a controversial statement, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj has demanded that a strict law for family planning be brought in for all to check population growth and those who do not follow it should be stripped of their voting right. The BJP lawmaker said, “When Hindus go for sterilisation, Muslims should also opt for it. There should be one law for everyone. There will be no appeasement of any section in our regime.”
“I don’t say Muslims and Christians should be sterilized, but there should be family planning and a uniform law for all. When we talk of four-child issue, there is a lot of hue and cry, and when they have 40 children from four wives no one says anything,” he added.
The BJP leader’s remark came a day after Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut stoked a controversy through his in an editorial demanding scrapping of Muslim’s voting right. He also had called the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leaders, Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi, a threat to the nation.
In a likely backing move for Sanjay Raut’s comment, Sakshi Maharaj asserted, “There should be family planning. When the country gained independence, the population was only 30 crore. Today it is 130 crore. Who is responsible for it? There should be one law for everyone be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or Christians.”