The BJP on Sunday suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma after his alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad and expelled the party’s Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal, saying his online views violate his core beliefs and vitiate also the community. harmony.
Jindal’s primary membership is terminated immediately and he has been expelled from the BJP, according to the communication from the party chairman in Delhi, Adesh Gupta. The party’s disciplinary committee also sent Sharma a notice stating that she had expressed opinions contrary to the BJP’s position on various issues and that this clearly violated her constitution.
“Pending further investigation, you are suspended from the party and from your responsibilities, assignments, if any, with immediate effect,” the committee said.
Sharma then posted a statement on Twitter, in which she said he unconditionally retracted his statement made during a televised debate and said his intention was never to hurt anyone’s religious feelings. that is. She said she made the comments in reaction to “the continued insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev (Lord Shiva)” and said she could not tolerate the same.
“In recent days, I have witnessed television debates where our Mahadev was constantly insulted and scorned. It was said in mockery that it was not Shivling but a fountain. The Shivling was also ridiculed by comparing it at road signs and poles in Delhi,” she said in a statement on Twitter.
She reportedly referred to the discovery of what Hindu groups claim to be a Shivling at the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi.
“I could not tolerate this continued insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev and I said some things in response. If my words caused any discomfort or hurt anyone’s religious feelings, I withdraw by I present my unconditional statement. It was never my intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings,” he added.
Following his controversial statement, Muslim groups had staged protests demanding action against Sharma. Cases accusing her of hurting religious feelings have been filed against her in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.
Earlier on Sunday, the BJP said it respects all religions and strongly denounces insulting any religious figure.
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BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said the party is against any ideology that belittles or insults any religion or sect. He said the party does not promote these people or this philosophy.
However, the statement makes no direct mention of the incident or comments involving Sharma. Singh had said that over the thousands of years of Indian history, every religion has flourished and flourished. The BJP respects all religions and strongly denounces insulting any religion or religious figure, he said.
He said India’s constitution gives every citizen the right to practice any religion of their choice and to respect and honor every religion. He said that as the country celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence, they are determined to make it a great country where everyone is equal and lives with dignity, where everyone is committed to unity and to the integrity of the country, and where everyone enjoys the fruits of development and growth, he said.
With PTI inputs
First post: STI