The Mumbra Police summoned Sharma on June 22 to record her testimony over her controversial remarks, two days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suspended party spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and expelled Naveen Jindal for making disparaging remarks about Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim community.
Sharma was expelled from the party’s primary membership in May for making anti-Islam comments during a television debate. In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP fielded her in the New Delhi constituency against Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Admi Party. She’d been defeated.
At the same time, the BJP’s Delhi branch dismissed Naveen Kumar Jindal, the party’s media unit’s chief, for his incendiary tweets regarding the Prophet.
The action occurred after three Gulf countries summoned Indian embassies to their countries to express their displeasure and seek a formal apology from India.
On Monday, the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives, two of India’s closest allies, joined the chorus of condemnation from the Islamic world over Sharma and Jindal’s statements about the Prophet. Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have all condemned the statements, as have Qatar, Kuwait, and Iran, which summoned Indian envoys on Sunday.
In a statement issued on Sunday, BJP General Secretary Arun Singh attempted to emphasise that the party “respects all religions,” without mentioning Sharma or Jindal. “The BJP vehemently condemns disrespect to religious figures of any religion.” The Bharatiya Janata Party is also opposed to any ideology that denigrates or degrades any faith or group. The BJP does not support such persons or ideologies, according to Singh’s statement.
In a letter to Nupur Sharma, the Member Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Central Disciplinary Committee, BJP said, “You have voiced opinions opposite to the party’s position on several subjects, which is in plain violation of Rule 10 (a) of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Constitution.” I’ve been ordered to inform you that you’ve been suspended from the party, as well as any obligations or assignments you may have, with immediate effect, pending further investigation.”
Sharma apologised and “unconditionally” removed her statements following the disciplinary procedure.
Sharma’s comments, according to BJP insiders, “upset” and “disappointed” the BJP leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has made “sabka saath, sabka vikas” his governing slogan.