Prophet remarks: BJP's new rules for leaders joining TV debates
Facing storm over derogatory remarks by its ex-spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammad, BJP has set new rules and regulations for TV debates, according to ndtv.com.
As per new rules, only authorised spokespersons and panelists are eligible to participate in TV debates, ndtv.com quotes BJP sources. The responsibilities will be assigned by the media cell. Moreover, no spokesperson can slam any religion, its symbols or religious figures.
Panelists have also been asked to refrain from using harsh or controversial words, not get agitated or excited. No matter what the provocation is, they cannot breach party's ideology.
All spokespersons have been instructed to first do a meticulous research on the topic of TV discussion, make preparations and also check the vparty's stance on it.
"Spokespersons and panelists of the party should stay on the agenda. They should not fall into any trap," sources said.
The party also asked its spokespersons to dwell upon the government's social welfare work.
New Delhi has been facing a backlash from Islamic nations, the latest being Malyasia over Sharma's statement.
Maharashtra Police on Tuesday asked suspended BJP functionary Sharma to appear before them on June 22 to record her statement in connection with her alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad, an official said.
An FIR had been registered against Sharma, the former national spokesperson of the BJP, by the Mumbra police in Thane district of Maharashtra following her remarks, he said.
Accordingly, Sharma has been summoned by the Mumbra police to record her statement before the investigating officer on June 22, the Thane police official said.
The police have sent the summons to Sharma by email as well as speed post, mentioning details of the FIR registered against her, he said.