Nuper Sharma of the BJP has found herself in a spot of bother after an objectionable video of her on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) went viral on social media platforms including Facebook. Faced with demand for her arrest, the BJP spokesperson has now deleted the Islamophobic video from her social media platforms.
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.
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.
Angry netizens had trended hashtag #ArrestNupurSharma on the microblogging site Twitter. Sharma had later taken to social media to allege threats to her life from radical elements. She made a passionate plea to the Delhi Police to take actions against those issuing death threats to her and her family members. The Delhi Police report to the BJP government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Times Now deleted the objectionable video of its broadcast from all its social media platforms. Sharma, who had shared these videos from her social media handles, too appears to have deleted the video. While the other videos of the same broadcast remains on her Twitter and Facebook pages, the one with alleged insult to Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has disappeared.
Born on 23 April 1985, Sharma has a law degree from Delhi University. She also completed her LLM from the prestigious London School of Economics.
During her college days, Sharma was very active in politics and won the students’ union elections on the ABVP ticket in 2008. She has been a popular face of the Delhi unit of the BJP in TV debates.