A week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s graveyard-cremation ground remark sparked a row, firebrand BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday said there should be no graveyard at all in the country and all should be cremated.
The BJP MP from Unnao said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a crematorium should be constructed next to a graveyard. But graveyards should not be constructed at all. If this happens, all land in the country will be used for this purpose and no space will be left for agriculture... There will be no fields."
Maharaj, who is known for his controversial remarks, also claimed, "There is no tradition of constructing graveyards in Islamic countries across the world. The bodies are cremated in these countries.”
“There are about 3.5 crore Hindu saints in India. They follow the tradition of burying the dead. So, I want to appeal to the Prime Minister that there should be only one cremation ground which should lead to 'jannat' or 'moksh dwaar', he added.
In January, the saffron leader had blamed Muslims for population boom. He said that the population is increased by those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children.
At an election rally on Chhatrapati Shivaji’s birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a speech in Fatehpur when he said, “If there is electricity in the graveyard and during Ramzan, it must also be available in a crematorium and during Diwali.”