‘Do not criticize any religion, its symbols’: BJP’s new rules for talk show spokespersons after Nupur Sharma fiasco
On Sunday, the party suspended Nupur Sharma, expelled Naveen Jindal and also issued a statement saying it “respects all religions”.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has set new limits for its spokespersons and leaders to join televised debates as its government faces a huge international backlash over comments by former party spokesman Nupur Sharma on the Prophet Muhammad.
- Only authorized spokespersons and panelists will participate in the televised debates, and they will be designated by the media cell.
- Spokespersons were warned against criticizing any religion, its symbols or religious figures.
- BJP panelists were banned from crossing the line during heated discussions.
- No provocation can violate the ideology or ideals of the party.
- Check the TV chat topic first, get ready and find out the party line before appearing on any channel.
- Party spokespersons and panelists must remain on the agenda. They must not fall into any trap
- The BJP also wants its spokespersons to focus on the government’s welfare work, sources said.
On Sunday, the party suspended Nupur Sharma, expelled Naveen Jindal, and also issued a statement saying it “respects all religions” and “strongly denounces insults from any religious figure”. The statement, made by the party’s general secretary, Arun Singh, said, “The BJP strongly denounces insults from any religious figure of any religion. The BJP is also against any ideology that insults or belittles any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophies.