Mayawati tweeted, ” The use of offensive language for any religion is not appropriate. In this matter, BJP should also strictly tighten the noose on its people. Only suspending and expelling them will not work, but they should be sent to jail under strict laws.” She also mentioned that respect for all religions is necessary for the country.
The saffron party took the decision of removing BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma citing the views of the latter “contrary to the Party’s position on various matters.”
Sharma came under fire after she made objectionable remarks on Prophet Muhammad during a debate on the Gyanvapi issue on an English news channel.
The BJP also expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their alleged controversial remarks on minorities.
While Sharma’s comments during a TV debate aimed at the founder of Islam have drawn the ire of Muslim groups, Jindal also posted objectionable tweets, deleted later, and has been accused of often posting inciting comments. Their comments also sparked a Twitter trend calling for boycotting Indian products in some countries.
The Mumbai police registered an FIR against Sharma based on a complaint by Irfan Shaikh, joint secretary of the Mumbai wing of Raza Academy. It stated that Sharma, in a news debate on the Gyanvapi issue, allegedly made controversial comments about Prophet Muhammad. Moreover, Jindal allegedly tweeted against the interests of the country.
The BSP chief also stressed that the Kanpur violence case should be thoroughly probed and demanded that innocent people should not be harassed in the matter.
“It is very important to get to the bottom of the violence that has happened in Kanpur recently. At the same time, innocent people should not be harassed in the police action against this violence, this is also the demand of BSP,” said Mayawati in a tweet.
The violence in Kanpur started after some people tried to shut down shops which were opposed by the other group, said the police. Two persons and one policeman were injured in the aftermath of the clashes.
Hayat Jaffar Hashmi, the main accused in the Kanpur violence case was arrested along with three other masterminds on Saturday.
(With inputs from ANI)
first published:June 6, 2022, 10:39 a.m.