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BJP fails to stop leaders from making controversial remarks

New Delhi(dna): A day after the BJP sent a notice to its MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial remarks, the troubles for the party and government from such elements seemed far from over.

A day after the BJP sent a notice to its MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial remarks, the troubles for the party and government from such elements seemed far from over.

Sakshi Maharaj, who landed in the Capital, appeared unruffled by the notice saying “I haven’t got any notice from the party…. If I do get it I will reply to the party.”

However, party sources said an explanation had been sought from the Unnao MP after his most recent remarks that Hindu women should have at least four children to protect religion and he had been given ten days to respond. The notice was also a message to others to refrain from making such comments, the sources said.

“The party has taken steps to stop its members from making unnecessary and inappropriate remarks. Our agenda is development and good governance,” BJP’s UP chief Laxmikant Bajpayee told dna.

Sources said Bajpayee had personally cautioned around four party leaders against making such controversial statements saying that these diverted attention from the government’s economic agenda.

BJP leader from West Bengal Shyamal Goswami joined the group of controversy-rakers by saying Hindu women should have five children.

The dust had barely settled over it, when Goa minister Ranesh Tawadkar’s remarks on “cure” for homosexuals has triggered a storm. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had to step in for damage control saying alternative sexual orientation was a “natural thing”.

Meanwhile, the Vishwa HIndu Parishad, also an affiliate of the RSS, is planning to hold a “Virat Hindu Sammelan” at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on March 1.

Controversial statements from within the Sangh Parivar have given the Opposition fuel to take on the government and created hurdles for its reforms agenda in Parliament.

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