In a move being seen as an attempt to rein in spokespersons who violate Bharatiya Janata Party’s official line on sensitive matters, the BJP on Sunday suspended leader Nupur Sharma from the party pending further investigation and expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal.
Sources stated the strict action against the two leaders came as an attempt to thwart any further damage to the party’s image over their controversial remarks.
It is learnt the two have been reined in for their alleged remarks against Prophet Muhammad. The party felt that these comments were causing it immense damage, sources said.
“You have expressed views contrary to the Party’s position on various matters which is in clear violation of rule 10 ( A) of constitution of BJP. I have been directed to convey to you that pending further inquiry you are suspended from the party/ your responsibilities, assignments if any with further effect,” stated the notice issued to Sharma by the central disciplinary committee.
An FIR was registered against Nupur Sharma in Maharashtra’s Pune for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through her comments on Prophet Muhammad during a television news debate. Police invoked sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC against her.
With inputs from News18