Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha MP Sakshi Maharaj has denied receiving any showcause notice from the party over his controversial comment that a Hindu woman must give birth to at least four children to protect Hinduism.
Talking to the media, the BJP MP trashed such reports, calling them completely untrue.
"I have not received any notice. If I receive a notice I shall reply to it," the 58-year-old MP from Uttar Pradesh told NDTV. "I have just come to Delhi. If a notice was sent, my office would have received it. It is a "ghar ka mamala" (internal matter). Why is the media intruding?" he added.
However, with regard to this matter, Uttar Pradesh BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai stuck to his stand that the notice had been sent by the party to Maharaj. "It is possible that there was a delay in the notice reaching him but it has been sent," Bajpai told Zee News.
Maharaj's controversial comment created a furore all across the country and reacting to the issue, leaders from the opposition demanded a justification from the Prime Minister.
In response to it, BJP president Amit Shah said that it was a personal opinion of Maharaj and had nothing to do with the party's vision and such statements would have no bearing on the government's agenda for development.
Earlier, Maharaj had raised another another controversy by addressing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot" and not an "anti-social".