BJP member’s controversial speech about Prophet Mohammad, strong opposition in Arab countries, BJP in turmoil!

Religious hate speech in India poses a major threat to religious harmony. It is not new for the BJP or its supporters to be embroiled in religious hatred controversy. This time, however, the cause of unrest for the party and the BJP government is the growing opposition in the Arab countries and the impact on trade.

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Nupur Sharma, a BJP spokesperson who spoke during a debate on the Shivalingam at the Gyanvapi Mosque on Times Now television last May, her conversation has been widely shared on social media for making controversial remarks about the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. It has spread to the Arab countries and has created fury over her remarks.

As per the news articles, Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, have condemned the controversial speech about the Prophet Muhammad and the campaigning post to boycott Indian products is being spread on social media.

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The campaign started trending and a few photos and videos posted on social networking sites claimed that Indian products were hidden in supermarkets and business was affected.

Amid this reaction, the BJP issued a statement announcing that the BJP had not put forward any ideology or individuals that would denigrate any religion and that it would suspend BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma from party membership and responsibilities.

Similarly, Delhi BJP media unit chief Naveen Kumar Jindal has been expelled from the party for commenting on social networking sites that are detrimental to social harmony and against the party’s basic principles.

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The Qatari Foreign Ministry condemned the incident and sent a summon to the Indian Ambassador seeking a general apology and immediate condemnation from the Indian government for the comment.

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In response to it, “Do not, in any manner, it reflects the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements,” said a spokesperson of the Indian embassy.

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Nupur Sharma, who was suspended from the BJP, “If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement”, she tweeted.

Not only Qatar but also Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia governments have condemned the Indian government and explanations are being given by the Indian embassy in the controversy over the BJP member’s speech.

The opposition of Arab countries to the controversial comments by BJP members, the boycott of Indian products and the Indian government’s situation to provide explanations have caused a stir in the country.

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