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New Delhi, January 07

The Congress said on Saturday it will move the election commission against controversial BJP parliamentarian Sakshi Maharaj, who appeared to blame Muslims for India’s population boom at a rally this week.

“This population rise in not because of Hindus. The population has risen because of those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children,” the Unnao MP remarked at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut.

The state goes to the polls in about a month and the BJP is locked in a tough fight with regional rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and the Congress, media reports in Lucknow said .

The remark came days after the Supreme Court barred candidates from seeking votes in the name of religion. The Congress said the comment was “offensive” and violated the model code of conduct.

“We will definitely move the election commission. On the basis of the recent Supreme Court judgement, we will request the EC to issue appropriate instructions to district election officers as well as the block officers so that no election campaign is carried out on the basis of caste and religion, as the BJP has been doing,”  said Congress leader KC Mittal.

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