The BJP suspended its national representative, Nupura Sharma, from the party on Sunday after her alleged derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad sparked protests from Muslim groups.
“Your primary membership is immediately terminated and you are expelled from the party,” BJP Delhi President Adesh Gupta said in a message.
A message sent to Sharma by the party’s disciplinary committee said she had expressed views contrary to the party’s position on various issues, a clear violation of its constitution.
“Pending further investigation, you are suspended from the party and removed from your duties, if any, with immediate effect,” the message reads.
Here’s what you need to know about the BDP leader:
Who is Nupur Sharma?
A graduate in economics from Delhi University’s Hindu College and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University School of Law, Sharma, 37, also has a master’s degree in law from the London School of Economics.
She began her career in politics as a student leader and took over as president of the Delhi University Students Union in 2008. This was a time when the student wing of Congress, the National Student Union of India (NSUI), had a strong presence on campuses. Thus, while Nupur managed to get the presidency, all other posts went to NSUI. However, the most high-profile of her electoral contests remains the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, when she took on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal of New Delhi. She lost by 31,583 votes.
Sharma, who was a prominent face of the party’s youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, has held several positions in the party, such as member of the national executive committee of the youth wing and member of the Delhi state executive committee. In 2017, she was appointed Delhi BJP representative when then state unit chief Manoj Tiwari formed his team.
In September 2020, when JP Nadda formed his team, Sharma was selected as the national representative.
Nupur Sharma’s remarks about the Prophet Muhammad:
Nupur Sharma’s alleged derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad sparked protests from Muslim groups.
On June 1, an FIR was registered against Nupur Sharma in Pune, Maharashtra, for allegedly insulting religious feelings with his comments during a news debate. The case was registered at the Kondhwa police station on a complaint filed by Abdul Ghafoor Pathan, a former Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) corporation. The Mumbai police also registered an FIR against Sharma.
Sharma has also appeared in several police cases in Maharashtra because of her comment. She denied any wrongdoing and claimed that she had received death threats.
Iran joins Qatar and Kuwait, summons Indian ambassador; know all about the problem
Ahead of the Iranian foreign minister’s first-ever trip to New Delhi next week, Iran’s foreign ministry summoned India’s ambassador to Tehran over what state media called “an insult to the Prophet of Islam on an Indian television show.”
In addition to Iran, Qatar and Kuwait also summoned India’s ambassadors and handed them notes of protest about what the Gulf states called a categorical “rejection and condemnation” of the BJP leader’s controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.
In an effort to defuse the diplomatic scandal, a spokesman for the Indian embassy in Qatar said that “the ambassador reported that the tweets in no way reflect the views of the Indian government. They are the views of fringe elements.” The spokesman said that Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which concerns were raised about some offensive tweets by individuals in India denigrating a religious identity.