New Delhi, Feb 28: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj has entered the debate on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘kabristan, shamshaanghaat’ remark. Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, Sakshi Maharaj said that every person who dies, irrespective of whether they are a Hindu or a Muslim, must be cremated and not buried. “Chaahe naam kabristan ho, chaahe shamshan ho, daah hona chahiye, kisi ko gaadne ki aveshyakta nahin hai (Whether it is a graveyard or a crematorium, the dead should be cremated, there is no need to bury anyone,” Sakshi Maharaj was quoted as saying by ANI.
He also added that burying people requires more space and hence it must be avoided. “2-2.5cr sadhu hain sabki samadhi lage kitni zameen jayegi, 20cr Muslims hain sabko kabr chahiye Hindustan mein jagah kahan milegi (There are 2-2.5 crore priests, if you make a samadhi for each one, how much space will it take? There are 20 crore Muslims, if each one of them has to be buried, where is the space for it in India),” the BJP MP added.
This is not the first time that Sakshi Maharaj has made a controversial remark. Last month, an FIR was filed against him by the Meerut Police for saying those entitled to “marry four times and have 40 children” are responsible for the country’s population explosion. He was also pulled up by the Election Commission for having said this in Uttar Pradesh at the time of elections.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raked up a storm after he said, addressing a rally in Fatehpur, “If you create qabristan in a village, then a shamshaan should also be created. If there is uninterrupted electricity in Ramzan, it should also be given during Diwali. There should be no discrimination.”