BJP MP Gautam Gambhir condemns threats against Nupur Sharma, hits out at ‘secular liberals for their silence’
BJP East Delhi MP Gautham Gambhir extended support to Nupur Sharma, who was suspended as party spokesperson for her remarks against the Prophet and the Muslim community, and condemned the threats issued against her.
Gambhir tweeted, “Silence of so called ‘secular liberals’ on the sickening display of hatred and death threats throughout the country against a woman who has apologized is surely deafening.”
Clarifying that he was not in support of her statements, he later said: “Nobody has supported the statements made by Nupur Sharma. The party has taken strict disciplinary action against her and she has unequivocally apologised for the same.”
He also referred to protests in several states over the remarks against the Prophet: “The blatant display of hatred, death threats against her and her family and coordinated rioting in different parts of the country is a cause of concern. Even more astonishing is the silence of those secular liberals who blame our party for so-called intolerance. It is clear that vote bank politics is in play in certain states where rioters have created havoc with impunity. I laud the actions taken by the UP government to control the situation and to discourage such behaviour. This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated in 21st Century India.”The BJP suspended Sharma, one of its national spokespersons, from the party’s primary membership for her remarks in a television debate. The BJP’s Delhi unit, meanwhile, expelled Jindal, who heads the party’s media unit in Delhi, for his tweets.
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