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Those who want Shariat ‘may go to Pakistan’, says BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj, known for making controversial remarks, on Sunday said that those who wanted Shariat in the country “should go to Pakistan

india Updated: Jul 23, 2018 10:18 IST
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BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj and Bihar's Kishanganj MP Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi during the second phase of budget session in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj, known for making controversial remarks, on Sunday said that those who wanted Shariat in the country “should go to Pakistan”.

He was responding to a reporter’s query that some organisations were seeking ‘Shariat courts’ to resolve the personal disputes of Muslims.

“India is the world’s largest democracy. Indian Constitution is very strong. Those who need ‘Shariat’ should go to Pakistan. India will be governed only according to its Constitution and not as per any Shariat,” Maharaj said.

The BJP MP said those who do not have faith in the Constitution of India, “have no right” to stay in the country.

“We would be happy bidding them farewell,” he added.

Maharaj has often stoked controversies.

He was in the eye of a storm for his remarks that those who talk of four wives and 40 children were responsible for the country’s population problem.

“Those with four wives and 40 children are responsible for the population increase in the country. Hindus are not responsible for the increase in population,” he had said.

Last year, he had defended self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted of rape, describing him as a “simple person”.

In another remark that led to an outrage, Maharaj had said couples displaying affection in public should be put behind bars “before anything wrong occurs”.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 10:17 IST