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 non secular personalities.

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

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

“Aside from complaints which have been filed in India towards the spokespersons, anger had additionally been build up in latest days in a number of Arab international locations akin to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” the Instances 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 through 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 towards Hindu gods: “I solely questioned them however that doesn’t imply I’m towards 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 however it was by no means an “intention to harm anybody’s non secular emotions”, and that she wished to “unconditionally withdraw my assertion”.

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

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

“The Bharatiya Janata Occasion can be strongly towards any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or faith. The BJP doesn’t promote such folks or philosophy,” the get together mentioned.

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

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

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

“However on this occasion, there was a world value 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 international locations who’ve known as for a boycott of Indian merchandise, denounced the escalation of hatred towards 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 quick 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 through which Kuwait rejected and denounced the statements made by the BJP official, Reuters reported.

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