New Delhi: Nupur Sharma, the suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, made a rare public appearance this weekend as she came out of forced hiding & attended the special screening of the upcoming film ‘The Vaccine War’.
The appearance of Nupur Sharma came as a surprise for many as the noted TV face and former BJP spokesperson has been into hiding for many months now, apparently after receiving death threats by radical Islamists.
‘The Vaccine War’ helmed by The Kashmir Files fame director Vivek Agnihotri, is about India’s leading role in standing up to global giants in vaccine manufacturing & helping other nations under ‘vaccine maitri’.
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Nupur Sharma hailed the movie makers and expressed gratitude to ICMR scientists. She said that she was thankful & proud of their achievements.
“Because of you all, we Indians are still alive. I thank you from the depth of my heart.” Nupur said, thanking the scientists.
Nupur watched the special screening of movie and was subsequently called on stage by director Vivek Agnihotri. He said that courageous woman like Nupur will inspire many others.
Nupur also appreciated the organizer for inviting her to the special occasion and said, I’ll simply say one thing – Bharat Mata Ki Jai!”
Bharat mata ki jai. https://t.co/fIdj4qpBXk
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Nupur Sharma and the Prophet controversy
Nupur Sharma, former BJP national spokesperson and noted face on TV channels, went into hiding as she faced serious life threats over her alleged controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammed in a TV show during May end, last year.
During the heated TV debate on disputed Gyanvapi complex, Taslim Ahmed Rehmani made obnoxious remarks on Hindu gods & Hindu faith. Giving a strong counter, Nupur quoted some texts on Prophet Muhammed but that snowballed into a big issue and created furore not just in India but also in the Middle East.
Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubai shared a truncated clip of the TV debate and shared on social media, claiming that the BJP spokesperson was spewing hatred on the Prophet & demonizing Muslims.
Following the global uproar and vociferous protests, the BJP suspended Nupur Sharma for 6 years.
As the video of TV debate went viral, she started receiving death threats for alleged mockery of the founder of Islam. She denied the charges but has been in hiding ever since then.
She also got strong reprimand from the Supreme Court, which said that her ‘loose tongue’ had set the ‘country on fire’.