EC has given Sakshi Maharaj a rap on the knuckles: Swamy

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Subramanian Swamy on Friday said the Election Commission's decision to censure the saffron party's MP Sakshi Maharaj was good adding that it had given him a rap on the knuckles. "I am happy that the Election Commission, seeing the mood and the media build-up, has given him a rap on the knuckles, and that is good enough," Swamy told ANI. Calling it distasteful, Swamy, at the same time said Sakshi Maharaj's statement was not inciteful or the one breaking the law. "What he said was objectionable, but it's not breaking the law...Whatever it is, it is distasteful. It is not becoming of a parliament member. But, to prosecute him on the so-called hate speech, that's why I have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitution. These are all British laws. They were intended to suppress us. There is no incitement here," he said. The EC on Thursday censured Sakshi Maharaj for violating the Model Code of Conduct and the Supreme Court's decision not to seek votes in the name of religion. The EC in its letter issued to Maharaj said he being a reputed political leader/MP is expected to be more circumspect in his public utterances during the upcoming assembly elections. The Election Commission also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP, saying strict action would be taken in case of any violation of the Model Code of Conduct in future. Addressing a gathering in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, last week, Maharaj had urged all political parties to come together to frame "population control" laws. "This population rise is not because of Hindus. The population has risen because of those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children. It is not acceptable," he said. (ANI)