Bhilwara, Jan 12: BJP may have distanced itself from its MP Sakshi Maharaj's controversial statement of having four kids to protect Hindu religion but not its leaders. Another BJP leader backed the Unnao MP's remark at a VHP conclave.
Sadhvi's remark comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the party leaders to desist from any controversial statements on Hindutva issue.
Sadhvi had contested the 2012 Assembly elections on BJP ticket from Purkazi constituency in UP. She was among around 40 persons accused of inciting riots through their provocative speeches in Muzaffarnagar and was later granted bail. Demanding a law to ban forced conversions, Prachi supported the VHP's 'Ghar Wapsi' or reconversion programme.
Earlier on Tuesday, 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.
BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma had 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.
Even BJP chief Amit Shah distanced himself from the Lok Sabha MPs statements and said, "This is his personal opinion. I don't want to comment on this."
Shah also said that his party was opposed to forcible religious conversion and asked if the "so-called secular parties" would support legislation to prevent forcible conversion.
"Forcible conversion should be stopped in the country. The BJP is not in favour of forcible conversions. "But, there should be a consensus to bring the law. You ask the so-called secular parties whether they would support to bring the law," he said.