New Delhi: Controversy's child Sakshi Maharaj has kicked up another row on Monday, when he linked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Kedarnath to the devastating Nepal earthquake.
A piece in The Times of India quotes BJP's Sakshi Maharaj saying: 'Rahul Gandhi eats beef, and goes to the holy shrine without purifying himself. The earthquake was bound to happen'.
In fact, it wasn’t just Sakshi Maharaj, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi feels the same.
Attending a two-day saint convention in Haridwar, Sadhvi Prachi said the last time Rahul Gandhi had visited Uttarakhand, a flash flood had occurred, while on his second visit, the earthquake struck.
“This is due to the visit of Rahul Gandhi, who is a non-vegetarian. He did not take holy Ganga dip. He should have first purified himself. This disaster in Nepal and northern India is due to Rahul’s visit,” said Sadhvi Prachi.
Sakshi Maharaj's remarks were severely criticised by the Congress, saying that the government was trying to “communalise and politicise” a grave human tragedy.
“In a most unfortunate and petty manner, certain habitual motor mouth offenders of the BJP - cohorts of the prime minister and BJP President Amit Shah - are trying to communalise and politicise a grave human tragedy.
“If media reports are to be believed, BJP leader and MP Sakshi Maharaj now famous for asking women to produce 10 babies, eulogising the killers of Mahatma Gandhi and comparing humans with dogs for sterilisation, are now ascribing the earthquake in Nepal to Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Bhagwan Kedarnath,” party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said during a press conference.
“It will be better if the PM and Amit Shah stop perpetuating rabid politics that has now reached the stage of denigrating even Bhagwan Kedarnath through his chosen cohorts. We demand that the PM and Amit Shah take immediate action against Sakshi Maharaj,” she added.