New Delhi, Jan 14: Days after courting the controversy, the defiant BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj on Wednesday expressed regret over his remarks.
According to reports, the outspoken MP told mediapersons, "I express regret. Won't let down PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah."
While addressing a gathering in Meerut on Tuesday, Jan 6, Maharaj had 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. [Congress slams Sakshi Maharaj, BJP distances itself from remark]
Maharaj also said a law will be passed in Parliament in which anyone indulging in cow slaughter and conversion will be punished with death.
On Tuesday, Jan 13, Sakshi had remained defiant on his remarks and told media, "I will talk to my party, not to you." [Sakshi Maharaj remains defiant despite notice]
On being asked about the showcause notice served to him by the BJP, he said, "I have not got any notice yet. I will respond to the notice if I get it... Even if I get any notice, it is an internal matter of the party. I will not discuss it with media."
Asked if any action could be taken against him, he shot back at a reporter and said: "Would the action be taken against you? Why are you worried about it?"
Moreover, the unapologetic MP said "Raat gayi, baat gayi" (whatever is said is gone). [BJP showcauses Sakshi Maharaj]
Soon after his controversial statement, the embarrassed BJP had distanced itself from his remarks, saying it his personal opinion.
The party president Amit Shah said such comments were "damaging".
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that PM Modi had spoken on most "minute, micro issues" but has kept quiet on Sakshi Maharaj's remarks.