BJP MP from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday made a shocking statement while campaigning for votes. Asking people to vote for him, he implied to potential voters that if they don't vote for him they will get cursed.
"Ek sanyasi, aapke darwaaze par aaya hai, jab ek sanyaasi aapke darwaaze par aata hai, bhiksha maangta hai and agar uski baat nahi maani jaati toh jaante hain wo grihasti ke punya le jaata hai aur apne paap deke chala jata hai. Shashtra mein likha hai, main shashtro ki baat keh raha hun. Mein daulat ya zameen maangne nahi aaya hun. Mein wo vote maangne aaya hun jisse 1.5 crore Bharatiyon ki kismet sudharni hai," he said.
(When a saint comes to your door asking for alms and when people don't listen to him, as per the religious texts, he takes away their blessings and gives them his sins. I am not asking for money or land, I am asking for votes, which will improve the fortune of people)
Uttar Pradesh has seen several high profile leaders making statements bringing in religion during their speeches.
On Thursday, Maneka Gandhi also asked Muslim voters in her constituency of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to back her in the Lok Sabha elections saying that she won't help them if she doesn't get their support.
Gandhi was speaking on Thursday in her rally when she made the shocking statement.
"I am winning for sure but if I win without the support of Muslims then I would feel really bad and when Muslims come to me for work then I feel there is no point of helping them as after all giving employment is a give-and-take and it is not that we are like Mahatma Gandhi as we continue to help them but don't win in the elections. Spread this message everywhere," she said.
The EC has issued show-cause notices to BSP chief Mayawati, and UP CM and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath for mentioning religion in their speeches.