Who Is Nupur Sharma? Why Is She Trending Across The Media?

Nupur Sharma, who had been continuously slammed by several opposition parties, is suspended from the BJP now. Let us take you through her journey.

Who is Nupur Sharma?

Nupur Sharma, 37, is a well known face in Indian politics. Till before her suspension, she was a national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She belongs to a well educated family and many of her relatives and family members are administrative officers. Her mother hails from Dehradun. 

She did her schooling from DPS – Mathura Road, and graduated in B.A. Economics (Hons.) from Hindu College, DU. As a student of Delhi University, she joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, and won the presidential election of the student union in 2008. She moved to London to pursue Masters in Law from London School of Economics. 

She has worked with some renowned BJP stalwarts like Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah and Arvind Pradhan. In 2015, she contested the assembly election against the then newly emerging Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal but lost with a huge margin of more than 31,000 votes. 

Though, even after losing the assembly elections, she was continuously active in the politics of Delhi and was appointed as the spokesperson for BJP’s Delhi unit.  Nupur was appointed as a national spokesperson of the BJP in the year 2020. Till now she has been a part of a lot of TV debates and is a well known figure in the political space.  

Why is Nupur Sharma trending across the media?

Nupur Sharma, has been trending across the media due to her recent remarks on Prophet Muhammad in a TV debate on Gyanvapi Mosque issue on the Times Now channel. Due to her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad, she has been suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

According to Islamic doctrine, Prophet Muhammad was a prophet, divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. He is believed to be the final prophet of God in all the main branches of Islam.

Nupur Sharma’s controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad, were widely shared internationally on several social media platforms. The matter became more sensitive as “Insult to Prophet Mohammed” went trending in the top 10 hashtags in all GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council) and Turkey by June 4. The Oman’s Grand Mufti called it as a battle against every Muslim, and called for the boycott of all the India based products and investments in Oman. 

Even Mr. Deepak Mittal, the Indian ambassador to Qatar, was summoned by the government of Qatar, and similarly, the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait and Iran as well, were also summoned over Nupur Sharma’s remarks. 

Nupur Sharma’s suspension and Rule 10 (a) of the BJP constitution:

After being slammed nationally and internationally, Nupur Sharma was suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party, under Rule 10(a) of its constitution.

What is Rule 10(a) of the BJP constitution?

As per Rule 10 of the constitution of BJP, the National President may suspend any member and then start disciplinary proceedings against him. 

Article II in the BJP’s constitution, reads: 

“The Party is pledged to build up India as a strong and prosperous nation, which is modern, progressive and enlightened in outlook and which proudly draws inspiration from India’s ancient culture and values and thus is able to emerge as a great world power playing an effective role in the comity of nations for the establishment of world peace and a just international order.

The party aims at establishing a democratic state which guarantees to all citizens irrespective of caste, creed or sex, political, social and economic justice, equality of opportunity and liberty of faith and expression.

The Party shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and to the principles of socialism, secularism and democracy and would uphold the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.”

As per the media reports, the recent violence erupted in Kanpur, U.P, was due to the statement made by Nupur Sharma. Though now, after Sharma’s suspension from the BJP, she has apologized for her remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

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