India's Ruling Party Suspends Official Over Comments About Islam

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) on Sunday mentioned it had suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to feedback she made throughout a TV debate concerning the Prophet Mohammed.

The BJP mentioned in a press release on its web site that the occasion revered all religions. “The BJP strongly denounces insult of any non secular personalities of any faith.”

Sharma mentioned on Twitter she had mentioned some issues in response to feedback made a few Hindu god but it surely was by no means an intention to harm anybody’s non secular emotions.

“If my phrases have induced discomfort or damage non secular emotions of anybody by any means, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my assertion.”

One other BJP spokesman Naveen Jindal was expelled from the occasion over feedback he made about Islam on social media, the BJP workplace mentioned.

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Jindal mentioned on Twitter 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.”

“The Bharatiya Janata Celebration 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 BJP assertion mentioned.

Sharma’s feedback have prompted complaints from a number of Muslim international locations, together with Qatar and Kuwait.

The Ministry of Overseas Affairs of Qatar mentioned in a press release it had summoned the Indian ambassador over the feedback.

The State of Kuwait additionally summoned the Indian ambassador and mentioned it had handed the ambassador a protest notice by which Kuwait rejected and denounced the statements made by the BJP official.

Qatar’s overseas ministry assertion additionally mentioned it welcomed the (BJP) occasion’s determination to droop the official however mentioned Qatar was anticipating a public apology and rapid condemnation of those remarks by the Indian authorities.

(Reporting by Swati Bhat and Nigam Prusty. Enhancing by Jane Merriman)

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