RIYADH, MUSCAT: Several Middle Eastern countries including Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain have started a boycott of India products after spokespersons of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made derogatory remarks.
The Grand Mufti of Oman Sheikh Ahmad bin Hamad Al-Khalil on Sunday also announced a boycott of Indian products over the derogatory remarks issue.
Two spokespersons of the Indian extremist party BJP, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, made objectionable remarks against Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during a panel discussion on an Indian news channel.
The Grand Mufti of Oman along with Twitter handles with a large following have called for the boycott of Indian products. The Grand Mufti of Oman Sheikh Al-Khalili tweeted that the “obscene” comments of the spokesperson of India’s ruling party amounted to a “war against every Muslim”.
Several Middle Eastern countries including Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain have removed Indian products from their superstores.
Meanwhile, in Kuwait, pictures of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been posted on trash bins.
After the major criticism, the Bharatiya Janata Party suspended one of its spokespersons and expelled another, both of whom had made derogatory comments, and issued a statement asserting that it “strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion.”