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BJP suspends party national spokesperson Nupur Sharma, expels Naveen Kumar Jindal over inflammatory remark

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Sunday, The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) suspended its national spokesperson Nupura Sharma from the party’s primary membership and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their alleged controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.

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The development came hours after the party, in a statement, said that “it respects all religions” and also strongly denounced the insult of any religious personality.

“Your primary membership is immediately terminated and you are expelled from the party,” a communication from its Delhi president Adesh Gupta said. A communication to Sharma from the party’s disciplinary committee said she has expressed views contrary to the party’s position on various matters, which is in clear violation of its constitution.

“Pending further inquiry, you are suspended from the party and from your responsibilities, assignments if any, with immediate effect,” it said.

BJP general secretary Arun Singh said “During the thousands of years of history of India every religion has blossomed and flourished. The Bharatiya Janata Party respects all religions. The BJP strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion.”

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He further said, Constitution gives right to every citizen to practice any religion of his or her choice and to honour and respect every religion.

The BJP leader also said, “As India celebrates 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.

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