Forget Sakshi Maharaj, here's another BJP MLA who left the party red-faced after his advisory on family planning.
Leader Nathan Shah was invited to speak on the World Population Day on Saturday where he advised people to produce four children each. Citing the Indian culture, the MLA said that big families with four-five children is a tradition that should be continued (despite the fact that it does not fall in line with family planning).
Shah was quoted at an Indian daily saying,"I appeal to mothers and sisters not to repeat this mistake (sterilisation). Tell them (health officials) that we don't want the Rs 12,000 or Rs 19,000 (incentive on birth control). I am completely against the concept of family planning. I also ask ANMs and ASHA workers to not listen to officials of their departments who ask them to promote such programmes (family planning)."
He also said that he was against the program, but was addressing the audience as a doctor had invited him. "I will speak against it because this programme is against my wish. I have come because doctor has invited me."
The MLA was speaking at the Community Health Center at Tamia in Chhindwara district.