Arab world calls for India’s boycott over blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad
Riyadh: An Arabic language hashtag against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the number one trending topic in Saudi Arabia.
Under the hashtag, Saudis and other Arabs are denouncing the Indian prime minister for blasphemous remarks made towards the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) by members of his party.
Hundreds of users called for India’s boycott as they targeted the country’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Arab world is angered at the derogatory remarks passed against the Prophet by BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma.
The Grand Mufti of Oman along with Twitter handles with a large following have called for the boycott.
The Arabs are also campaigning to boycott India products.
Many Indians have condemned the remarks, saying they could jeopardize the country’s relations with the Arab world and create problems for overseas Indians.
BJP on Sunday released a statement to clear its position.
The party’s general secretary Arun Singh, sais the BJP “is strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion,” adding that it “respects all religions and strongly denounces insult of any religious personality.
Meanwhile, Times of India reported that the BJP has suspended “spokesperson Nupur Sharma from the party’s primary membership over controversial remarks against Prophet Muhammad during a TV debate.”