Intervening during zero hour in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "We do not endorse any statement inside and outside the house which talks about discrimination on the basis on caste, creed and religion".

The matter was raised by Congress MP from Kerala M I Shanavaz, who sought to bring to the attention of the house comments by a Shiv Sena MP who had reportedly talked about taking away the voting rights of a particular community to stop vote bank politics.

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had also backed his comments by demanding that a strict law on family planning be brought in for all to check the population growth.

He said those who do not follow it should be stripped of their voting rights. Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, also accused members of the ruling BJP of making communal statements.

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