The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued on Monday a showcause notice to its Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj for his controversial remark that 'every Hindu woman should produce at least four children'.
The notice issued by party national president Amit Shah asks the MP to reply within 10 days as to why he issued such a statement.
“Yes, the party’s central leadership has issued a notice to Sakshi Maharaj for his uncalled-for remark,” BJP's Uttar Pradesh president Laxmi Kant Vajpayee told HT.
Shakshi was, however, not available for comment as his cellphone was switched off.
However, some media reports quoted him as saying that he had not received any notice.
Participating in a saints’ conference in Meerut on January 7, Sakshi had urged Hindu women to produce at least four children each to counter the growing Muslim population.
"I... want to request women to give birth to at least four children. Give one to sadhus and ascetics. Media says there are ceasefire violations happening, so send another to the border," the saffron-clad MP had said.
His remarks kicked up a storm, sparking condemnation from the opposition which alleged that the ruling party was trying to polarise the atmosphere.
The Janata Dal (United) took a jibe at the Sangh Parivar. They also demanded a clarification from the government.
The BJP had distanced itself from his remarks and had urged its workers and public representatives to refrain from making such comments.
The BJP's national secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party has asked its public representatives and workers not to make such comments in public.
"The remarks made by Sakshi Maharaj are his personal views and the party has nothing to do with it," he had said.
Sakshi had earlier stoked a row by describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot" and was forced to apologise in Parliament.
The Unnao MP is not the only one making controversial statement despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking party leaders to refrain from making controversial statements.
On Sunday, BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi backed Sakshi and advocated that each Hindu family should have four children.
"A lion doesn't have just one child... We also need four children in each family. One will fight the enemies on the border, give one to saints, give another to VHP for social work," Prachi said while addressing a gathering at Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Virat Hindu conclave in Bhilwara.
In December, minister for food processing Niranjan Jyoti asked people at a public rally in Delhi to choose between Ramzade and haramzade.
PM Modi said he disapproved of her language but refused to sack her as the opposition stalled Parliament for day demanding her resignation.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh said that all those who oppose Modi will have to go to Pakistan after the polls and former party president Nitin Gadkari said that casteism is in the DNA of Bihar.
There was massive furore soon after Singh's statement and he was forced to clarify his stand.
Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur stirred a controversy by describing rape as a social crime which is "sometimes right, sometimes wrong". He also said governments could not ensure that women do not get raped, triggering angry reactions from the Congress party.
Yogi Adityanath, who was BJP's star campaigner for the Uttar Pradesh by-elections, stroked a controversy when he said that communal riots happen in places where a particular minority community constitute 20-40% of the total population. The Election Commission had served notice to him for his hate speech.