Protests against blasphemy in various mosques in northern India, including the Jama Masjid in Delhi
Protests in Muslim mosques in northern India against statements by BJP leaders insulting the Prophet Muhammad. So far, protests have been reported in Delhi, Jammu, Lucknow and Saharanpur. Believers are protesting here after Friday prayers. After Friday prayers at the famous Juma Masjid in Delhi, believers protested against the anti-Prophet statement.
It is the largest mosque in the country. Believers protest from the steps of the mosque. No one has ever come out. The anti-prophetic statements of BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal have caused a great deal of controversy internationally.
The controversial statement was condemned by all Arab nations. Kuwait, Oman and Qatar summoned Indian institutions there and expressed their anger at the blasphemy. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey and Indonesia have all expressed their dissatisfaction and concern with India. After the controversy, Iranian Foreign Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi. The meeting also met with Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
The BJP had expelled the two controversial leaders from the party following the incident. The party has also asked BJP spokespersons not to react in a way that hurts religious sentiments. There are indications that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his displeasure over the controversy that has plagued the central government. Foreign Minister Jayasankar’s diplomacy is active in the ranks to appease the Arab world.
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