New Delhi [India], June 5 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nupur Sharma on Sunday withdrew her statement by saying that “it was never her intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings”, hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party suspended her from the party’s primary membership over alleged inflammatory remarks against minorities.
Sharma penned down a note and shared it on her Twitter handle today wherein she wrote, “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.”
“I could not tolerate this continuous insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev and I said some things in response to it. If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement. It was never my intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings–Nupur Sharma,” she wrote.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday suspended its spokesperson Nupur Sharma from the party’s primary membership and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal.
The development comes hours after the party issued a statement seeking to defuse the row.
Expelling Jindal, a communication from its Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta said, “Your primary membership is immediately terminated and you are expelled from the party.”
Further, a communication to Sharma from the party’s disciplinary committee said she had expressed views contrary to the party’s position on various matters, which is in clear violation of its constitution.
Member secretary of BJP’s central disciplinary committee, Om Pathak, in a letter to Sharma, said, “You have expressed views contrary to the Party’s position on various matters, which is in clear violation of Rule 10 (a) of the constitution of the BJP. I have been directed to convey to you that pending further inquiry, you are suspended from the party and from your responsibilities/assignments if any, with immediate effect.”
Earlier in the day, BJP said in a statement issued by its general secretary Arun Singh, “The BJP strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion. The Bharatiya Janata Party is also against any ideology which insults or demeans any section or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy.”
BJP stated that it “respects all religions” and is “strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion”.
“During the thousands of years of the history of India every religion has blossomed and flourished. The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions,” the brief statement said.
“India’s Constitution gives the right to every citizen to practise any religion of his/her choice and to honour and respect every religion. As India celebrates the 75th year of its independence, we are committed to making India a great country where all are equal and everyone lives with dignity, where all are committed to India’s unity and integrity, where all enjoy the fruits of growth and development,” it said.
However, the official statement made no direct mention of any incident or comment made by Sharma during the debate.
The Mumbai police registered an FIR against Sharma based on a complaint by Irfan Shaikh, joint secretary of the Mumbai wing of Raza Academy. (ANI)