MNP: Slander of Prophet unacceptable, BJP must apologize to Muslims

MNP's leader Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim. on July 26, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

 Maldives National Party (MNP) said Monday it found derogatory remarks by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s spokesperson Nupur Sharma regarding Prophet Mohamed unacceptable, and the party should apologize to the Muslim community. 

In a statement in response to the incident, MNP said it found the remarks deeply concerning. 

MNP said that BJP, as India’s ruling party, should respect all religions, including Islam. 

“We call on BJP to work with wisdom, respectfully say no to wrongdoings, and ascertain the safety of Muslims in India,” said MNP. 

MNP condemned Sharma’s remarks, and welcomed the decision by BJP to suspend her. 

Another BJP spokesperson, Naveen Jindal has been expelled from BJP for comments he made about Islam on social media. 

Maldivian government issued a statement condemning the remarks by BJP officials earlier Monday. Individual parties, including the opposition PPM-PNC coalition, JP and AP have also issued statements condemning the remarks, and so have multiple Muslim nations.