Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today suspended spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Delhi media head Naveen Jindal from party’s primary membership with immediate effect.
In a veiled attempt to reference Nupur Sharma’s alleged comments against Prophet Mohammed, the party has said that her views were not in-line with the party’s ideologies and that the party condemns such comments. This news comes after the party attempted to repair damage done by her comments through a public statement where it insisted that the party respected all religions.
Just a few hours earlier, BJP general secretary Arun Singh asserted that the party is strongly against any beliefs, which insult or demean any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy, he said. Furthermore, in the statement the party said that it strongly denounces insult of any religious personality.
“During the thousands of years of history of India every religion has blossomed and flourished. The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions. The BJP strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion,” Singh said in the statement.
Before the statement from BJP was made public, Sharma’s comments had caused a quite an upheaval in the Arab world. The Grand Mufti of Oman along with Twitter handles with a large following have called for the boycott. #Boycott India was trending all over social media, especially on handles with a large following.
Talking about Naveen Jindal, the party had said that his comments on social media vitiate communal harmony and are in violation of its fundamental beliefs.