New Delhi, Jan 13: The BJP sent a showcause notice to its lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj in response to his recent remarks that have sparked a controversy and he was expected to reply within ten days. [Bengal BJP leader wants Hindu women to have 5 kids]
The party decided to take action against Sakshi Maharaj, the MP from Unnao, after he remarked that Hindu women should give birth to four children to protect the religion and that one child should be handed over to the sants and another should be sent to the border.
The four-children remark caused a massive uproar and opponents sought explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
An embarrassed BJP jumped into the ring to control the damage and said it was Shakshi Maharaj's personal opinion and asked its workers to back the good work done by the government and not get involved in unnecessary controversies.
The MP, however, remained unapologetic and said "Raat gayi, baat gayi" (whatever is said is gone).
The BJP has struggled to contain its extreme right-wing members from making loose remarks in the open and stirring controversy.
Sakshi Maharaj said his office didn't receive any notice for the comment
Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti used explosive terms at a rally in Delhi last month and the prime minister had to step in to pacify the opposition.
Another BJP MP Yogi Adityanath also made repeated public statements backing religious conversions.
PM Modi even warned his party parliamentarians not to cross the line, saying it would not be negotiated.
The Congress dismissed the BJP's notice to Sakshi Maharaj saying it was just an eyewash.