Nupur Sharma was suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s primary membership on Sunday for making provocative remarks about Prophet Mohammad. Naveen Kumar Jindal, the party’s spokesperson, has also been suspended. The action came just hours after the BJP said that it respected all religions in a statement.
For remarks made during a televised news debate, Sharma, the BJP’s national spokesperson, has been charged in several FIRs. The debate culminated in violence in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, on June 3. In connection with the violence, police have arrested 29 persons.
Arun Singh, the BJP’s general secretary, stated on Sunday that the party is opposed to any philosophy that denigrates other religions. He stated, “Without taking any names,” “Every faith has flowered and flourished throughout India’s thousands of years of history. The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions. The BJP strongly condemns any insults directed at religious figures of any faith.”
He stated that his party is dedicated to building India a wonderful country in which all residents are treated equally and live in dignity.
The Kanpur administration has blamed the violence on a local Muslim leader, Hayat Zafar Hashmi. According to the report, the leader called for a market shutdown in response to Nupur Sharma’s words, which resulted in violence.
During the incident, stone pelting injured over 39 persons, including police officers.
Three FIRs have been lodged, and 1,000 unidentified people have been charged with rioting.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party is also opposed to any ideology that denigrates or degrades any faith or group. The BJP does not support such people or ideologies “Singh made the announcement today in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP has claimed that Naveen Kumar Jindal’s opinions on social media undermine communal peace.
Adesh Gupta, the party’s Delhi president, said in a communication that “your main membership is immediately cancelled and you are expelled from the party.”