India: BJP sanctions spokespersons over Prophet Muhammad insults | Religion News

In an announcement, BJP mentioned it respects all religions and ‘strongly denounces’ the insult of any spiritual personalities.

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP), which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has sanctioned two celebration spokespersons following a global outcry over insulting feedback the pair are reported to have made relating to Prophet Muhammad, in accordance with celebration paperwork and native media.

BJP nationwide spokeswoman Nupur Sharma was suspended from the celebration’s major membership for feedback made in a latest tv debate, whereas the BJP’s Delhi media operation head Naveen Kumar Jindal was expelled, the Hindustan Occasions reported on Sunday.

“Other than complaints which were filed in India in opposition to the spokespersons, anger had additionally been increase in latest days in a number of Arab nations similar to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” the Occasions reported.

Sharma is reported to have insulted the prophet and his spouse Aisha in a TV debate final week. Following an outcry over the feedback made in the course of the debate, Sharma’s colleague Jindal is reported to have posted a now-deleted tweet concerning the prophet that additionally angered many.

Jindal mentioned on Twitter that he had questioned some feedback made in opposition to Hindu gods: “I solely questioned them however that doesn’t imply I’m in opposition to any faith,” Reuters information company reported him saying.

In a tweet on Sunday, Sharma mentioned that she had mentioned some issues in response to feedback made a couple of Hindu god nevertheless it was by no means an “intention to harm anybody’s spiritual emotions”, and that she wished to “unconditionally withdraw my assertion”.

In a subsequent tweet, Sharma mentioned {that a} “safety menace” had been made in opposition to her household.

In an announcement on Sunday, the BJP mentioned it respects all religions and “strongly denounces insult of any spiritual personalities of any faith”.

“The Bharatiya Janata Occasion can also be strongly in opposition to any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or faith. The BJP doesn’t promote such individuals or philosophy,” the celebration mentioned.

“India’s Structure offers proper to each citizen to apply any faith of his/her selection and to honour and respect each faith”.

The assertion didn’t straight reference the feedback or point out the sanctioning of the 2 celebration officers.

Delhi-based journalist Saba Naqvi instructed Al Jazeera that the BJP had benefitted politically from “mobilisation” in opposition to Muslims in India.

“However on this occasion, there was a global worth to pay,” Naqvi mentioned.

“India has one of many world’s largest Muslim populations, so it has come to the discover of the world that that is taking place,” she instructed Al Jazeera.

The controversy has raised the ire of social media customers in Arab nations who’ve known as for a boycott of Indian merchandise, denounced the escalation of hatred in opposition to Islam and Muslims, and accused India of following within the footsteps of France and China in selling Islamophobia.

Qatar’s Ministry of International Affairs summoned the Indian ambassador on Sunday to current an official observe “expressing the frustration of the State of Qatar and its complete rejection and condemnation to the controversial remarks”, the QNA information company reported.

Whereas welcoming the BJP assertion and suspension of the workers member over the feedback, QNA reported that “Qatar is anticipating a public apology and speedy condemnation of those remarks from the Authorities of India”.

Kuwait additionally summoned the Indian ambassador and mentioned it had handed the ambassador a protest observe wherein Kuwait rejected and denounced the statements made by the BJP official, Reuters reported.

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