Kolkata: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making all efforts to rein in leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, another party leader from West Bengal, Shyamal Goswami, has stoked a huge controversy by saying that Hindus should have five children, reports said on Tuesday.
The Bengal BJP leader urged women to give birth to five children to protect Hinduism and Sanatan Dharma, adding that no Hindus will be left in India otherwise.
Interestingly, Goswami's statement comes after another BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Sakshi Maharaj recently stirred a controversy by asking Hindu women to produce at least four children.
Sakshi was at the centre of a controversy when he asked Hindu women to have at least four children, sparking condemnation from the opposition which alleged that the ruling party was trying to polarise the atmosphere.
The BJP had distanced itself from his remarks and had urged its workers and public representatives to refrain from making such comments.
The BJP had on Monday given a showcause notice to party's Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj, asking him to explain why action should not be initiated against him for his controversial remarks in the recent past. However, Sakshi Maharaj has denied receiving any notice.
Addressing a gathering in Meerut, Sakshi Maharaj had earlier said: "We have accepted the slogan 'Hum do, hamara ek'. Now these traitors are not satisfied. They have given another slogan 'Hum do aur hamara.... They are advocating marriage of a girl to a girl, boy to another boy. This is what the last government did.”
"This is why 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 said at a religious convention in Meerut.
Sakshi had earlier stoked a row by describing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot" and was forced to apologise in Parliament.