BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma was recently suspended over her remarks on Prophet Muhammad during a TV debate. The suspension of Nupur Sharma is the first strict action by the party against its prominent face since it became the ruling party.
Nupur Sharma’s suspension came amid massive backlash by diplomats of Gulf countries, opposition leaders, and netizens on social media. Amid the outrage, Rule 10 (a) of BJP’s own constitution was invoked, which enables the BJP National President to suspend any member of the party and start disciplinary proceedings against them.
An advocate, Nupur Sharma has been seen on countless television debates as a spokesperson for the party. A Hindu College graduate in Economics and Law, she has also done her master’s in law from the London School of Economics. Along with debating it out on news debates, she also contested in Delhi Assembly Elections on BJP ticket, and lost to Arvind Kejriwal.
Sharma’s suspension comes after she made alleged objectionable remarks against Prophet Muhammad at a TV debate. She later issued an apology for hurting people’s religious sentiments. She added that her remarks came as she was infuriated by comments made against ‘Mahadev’ (Lord Shiva).
The Facts of the Matter
On Sunday, the country’s diplomatic channels received backlash on all fronts from Gulf countries over the ruling party spokesperson’s alleged derogatory references to Prophet Muhammed. Amid the backlash, BJP took drastic and stringent measures to make an example of spokesperson Nupur Sharma by suspending her.
Earlier on Sunday, both Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal were suspended by the BJP over their remarks on Prophet Muhammed.
Who is Nupur Sharma?
A prominent BJP leader and spokesperson, Nupur Sharma was suspended of her duties by the ruling party. An advocate by profession, she is a graduate from Hindu College, Delhi. She is also a post-graduate from London School of Economics and earned her master’s in law from the London-based university. She was also the president of DUSU (Delhi University Student Union).
Prior to her stint as a spokesperson, she was a prominent member of the BJP youth wing BJYM’s National Executive Committee. She was the National media Co-in-Charge of the youth wing and a member of the State Executive Committee from BJP’s Delhi base.
Nupur Sharma’s Controversial Remarks
Earlier during a news debate, Nupur Sharma made derogatory remarks against the Prophet. After receiving intense backlash, Sharma took to Twitter and issued a clarification which read – “I have been attending TV debates for the past many days where our Mahadev was being insulted and disrespected continuously. It was mockingly being said that it is not Shivling but a fountain. The Shivling was also being ridiculed by comparing it to roadside signs and poles in Delhi.”
It should be noted that Sharma’s alleged remarks came in reference to the Gyanvapi mosque and the presence of a Shivling in the mosque.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Kuwait Irate over Nupur Sharma’s Remarks
Amid the backlash, Gulf countries expressed their displeasure over remarks. Saudi foreign ministry reaffirmed the country’s position on religious freedom. It also objected to violation of Islamic symbols and figures or violation important figures of any religion. Matters escalated as Qatar, Iran and Kuwait also issued their India’s ambassadors as a protest regarding Sharma’s remarks.
Later, Indian Embassy issued a statement which stated that Sharma’s comments do not “reflect the views of Government of India.