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MDP kicks out parliamentary motion condemning defamatory remarks by BJP spokesperson

Members of Parliament from ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has kicked out the emergency motion submitted by the opposition on India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson’s insulting remarks on Prophet Mohamed.
The motion was tabled by People’s National Congress (PNC) Parliamentary Group leader, Madduvvaree Constituency MP Adam Shareef Umar.
BJP national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma insulted the prophet and his wife Aisha in a TV debate last week. She has been suspended since, with BJP and BJP-aligned media attempting to gloss over the incident.
In presenting the motion, MP Adam Shareef said that several Islamic nations have condemned BJP on the matter. He also noted that several nations, including Qatar and Kuwait, had issued official notes of protest to Indian Ambassadors, with other nations condemning India.
He further said sanctity and protection of Islam was deeply rooted in Maldivians and mandated under the Protection of the Religious Unity Among Maldivians Act.
MP Adam Shareef called on the administration to condemn and take action on the matter.
Forty-three MPs took part in the vote, with 33 MPs voting to kick out the motion. Only 10 MPs voted to further debate. Out of the 87 MPs, 65 are from ruling MDP. They have constantly and consistently kicked out similar motions submitted by the opposition and have refused to address Islamophobia in India.