The BJP on Sunday suspended its spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal from the party’s primary membership for insulting Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). While Sharma had made the disparaging comments against Propher Muhammad (PBUH) on Times Now in the presence of its anchor Navika Kumar, Jindal had provoked Muslims with a disparaging tweet against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Sharma was the BJP candidate in the 2015 assembly elections from the New Delhi seat against Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal. Even she was reportedly Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal choice, she lost the elections by more than 31,000 votes.
In a statement, the BJP said that how every religion had blossomed and flourished during the thousands of years of the history of India. “The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions. The BJP strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion,” the party said.
Appearing on Times Now TV channel, Sharma had made objectionable remarks about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She had done so by addressing a panellist with a Muslim name.
The comments made by Sharma had triggered communal clashes in Kanpur on Friday.
While Sharma has a known spokesperson for the BJP in Delhi, Jindal’s profile described him as the media head of the party in the Delhi unit.
According to the News18 website, the BJP had earlier issued a notice to Sharma and warned her about crossing the party lines even in the past. “You have expressed views contrary to the Party’s position on various matters which is in clear violation of rule 10 ( A) of constitution of BJP. I have been directed to convey to you that pending further inquiry you are suspended from the party/ your responsibilities, assignments if any with further effect,” the notice to Sharma had reportedly read.