#NupurSharmaControversy: ‘BJP respects all religion,’ says UP’s Minority Minister


New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Minister of Minority Affairs Danish Azad on Sunday pointed out at the actions taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clarifies that the saffron party respects al religion. The BJP had expelled its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her derogatory remarks on Prophet Mohammad. 

“Our party and our government believe in unity and respect of all religions. They are going to work together with all parties. We believe in ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’. Whatever was said, our party took a stand and clarified that respecting all religions is our priority. We all should also cooperate in maintaining law and order,” said Danish Azad. 

“It is also our responsibility to ensure law and order are maintained. If there is any issue, we should present it in a matured manner and take our country forward.”

“Our party took stock of the situation and cleared that we respect all religions and it is also our duty that we all maintain peace and law and order. We should talk about peace. If there is any problem, then sit together and solve them”, he added.

Speaking about the Qaumi Chaupal program, he said, “With the Qaumi Chaupal, the government is reaching out to the minorities and also extending the benefits of the important schemes introduced for them. The main motive behind initiating this outreach programme is to advertise the schemes rolled out for the minorities and also extend their benefits on the ground level.”

The Minister further said that there are many schemes which have been rolled out for the minorities, however, they are not aware of them, and this outreach programme aims to apprise them about the schemes.

Speaking on ‘Aapke Mantri Aapke Dwar’ program, he said, “Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath has given the charge of different divisions to all the ministers. Being the in-charge of the Meerut division, we have come to Gautam Budh Nagar, we will go to the hospital, school, and panchayat building and speak to the people about government initiatives without any discrimination. 

We will ensure that the work that we have done in the last five years continues in the future also by meeting with the officials here. We will discuss the development of the district and how we will make the state and our district better.”

A number of protests were held across the nation condemning the objectionable remarks of Nupur Sharma. The protestors from all states are demanding for the Sharma’s arrest for hurting religion sentiments.  

Even the comments of the expelled BJP leader over Prophet Mohammad attracted global criticism especially from the Gulf countries. The 57-member OIC had raised concerns against the “systematic harassment of minorities in India”.

first published:June 12, 2022, 2:13 p.m.

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