BJP SHOULD TAKE MORE STRICT STEPS NOW

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After the controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad, the BJP has instructed its officials to speak in a restrained manner, but the biggest question is whether by doing this, the controversy that has been triggered within the country and abroad can be stopped. Perhaps it will be very difficult to say because this is happening for the first time when the Gulf countries have reacted strongly. That too, countries from which India buys petroleum, oil, and gas. It can be said that due to this, India is very dependent on Gulf countries. There are allegations and counter-allegations in politics, but comments about one’s religion and God in any sense cannot be justified. There is no dearth of loud leaders in the BJP. Following in the footsteps of the loud leaders, Nupur Sharma spoke what should not have been spoken. Its Delhi spokesperson, Naveen Jindal, added fuel to the fire. These leaders did what several other leaders have been doing. They probably felt that they would be patted on the back. However, both of them were expelled from the party, but the sad part is that after their expulsion, the attacks on the BJP through Twitter cannot be called right in any respect. Why did this situation happen? Everything was going well. The BJP won a landslide victory in four states, including Uttar Pradesh. The atmosphere was such that the BJP would not have much trouble in winning the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. After the Uttar Pradesh win, the popularity graph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased rapidly. Along with the boost to PM Modi’s image, the party also gained in strength, but suddenly, the atmosphere in the country started deteriorating and communal violence started in many states. The Congress directly blamed the BJP for the violence. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also urged Prime Minister Modi to appeal to the country for peace, but nothing like this happened. Meanwhile, the Gyanvapi Masjid issue came to the fore. A debate started in the media on this issue. From religious leaders to the spokespersons of political parties, everybody was part of the debate. Without thinking what was good for the country, the spokespersons did not bother about what to say and what not to. Since they had been talking about something or the other, they had kept commenting on each other’s leaders. By law, there can be a debate on an issue but not a direct attack on anyone. For some time, the prevailing practice has been to say whatever one thinks fit, and leave the rest for the social media. Some people did not like the party’s action on Nupur Sharma. They started praising her, without appreciating the fact that religious sentiments should not be instigated. Whatever the opposition says about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, Modi is still number one in terms of popularity among the public. Even after this, this kind of rhetoric somehow affects the popularity of the government. Even considering that the BJP gets the benefit of polarization, the question is whether it is okay to let the country’s image be harmed at the international level. In the end, Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President J.P. Nadda took action on Nupur Sharma, but in the atmosphere that is being created, this action will not work. Strong steps will have to be taken. India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Modi has been appreciated within the country and abroad. In the Gulf countries, Modi has been given great respect and honour. This honour should continue.