BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, better known as Sadhvi Pragya, has seemingly come out in support of party colleague Nupur Sharma, who is in the line of fire for making allegedly derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad in a TV news debate.
Sadhvi Pragya, who is no stranger to controversy herself, took to Twitter on Friday to say, “If telling the truth is rebellion, then by that coin, I am also a rebel.”
— Sadhvi Pragya singh thakur (@SadhviPragya_MP) June 9, 2022
Speaking to the media later in the day, the BJP leader unequivocally backed Nupur Sharma, even after she was suspended by the party for her controversial statements. Sadhvi Pragya said those part of the minority community are always up in arms when the truth is told, whereas the Hindus must endure every slight and attack on their religion.
“These non-believers have always done so. They have a communist history... Take Kamlesh Tiwari, he said something and he was killed. Another person [Nupur Sharma] said something and got threats,” said Sadhvi Pragya.
She added that, “India belongs to the Hindus and Sanatana Dharma will stay here. It is our responsibility and we shall do so.”
#WATCH These non-believers have always done so. They have a communist history...Like Kamlesh Tiwari said something he was killed, someone else (Nupur Sharma)said something& they received threat.India belongs to Hindus & Sanatana Dharma will stay here:BJP's Sadhvi Pragya in Bhopal pic.twitter.com/GPqg9DWKwo— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2022
Sadhvi Pragya asserted that she told the truth no matter what and reiterated the claim that a Shivling was found in the wazukhana of the Gyanvapi mosque during the court-mandated survey and videography last month.
“Calling it [the Shivling] a fountain is an attack on our core Hindu beliefs, on our deities, on Sanatan Dharma. Therefore, we have to let the truth be known,” she said.
The remarks made by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Delhi unit media in-charge Naveen Jindal on Prophet Mohammad drew international condemnation, with some Islamic countries demanding an apology and even calling for a boycott of Indian goods.
While the central government distanced itself from such remarks, the BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal. The Ministry of External Affairs later said the statements by some individuals do not represent that of the government.