As Telangana BJP suspended the Goshamahal MLA Raja Singh for his degratory speeches, later Hyderabad police prisoned him under PD Act since August 20. Now, he released by high court orders. Will BJP reinstate his suspension or he has to be in political oblivion.
The Preventive Detention (PD Act) orders used by Hyderabad police against Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh have been overturned by the Telangana High Court, opening the way for the MLA to rejoin the BJP. The lawmaker’s party continues to suspend him.
The MLA was suspended by the Bhartiya Janata Party after numerous charges were filed against him for allegedly making disparaging remarks about the Prophet Mohammed in a video. The MLA was imprisoned at Central Prison in Cherlapalli after the Hyderabad police invoked the PD Act against him. Since August 25 he had been held in the Central Prison.
Raja Singh had made a video mocking Prophet Mohammed in response to comedian Munawar Faruqui who held a show at Shilparamam on August 20. Raja Singh then had demanded the show be cancelled claiming Faruqui had “mocked Shri Ram and Sita Mata” in his shows and hurt sentiments of Hindu community.
Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay during a meeting with Singh’s wife Usha Bai reportedly assured her of all possible help to Raja Singh. Sources in the party said the BJP high command is under pressure from a few state leaders who said Raja Singh is a popular figure in Telangana and has lakhs of followers in the state. They want his suspension to be lifted.
The other point of worry for the BJP Telangana leadership is Raja Singh reviving his old group ‘Sri Ram Yuva Sena’. He had formed it at least three decades ago. Soon after his arrest and PD Act, protest and bandh calls were organized by the Sri Ram Yuva Sena.
If the BJP leadership sidelines him, it would be a big blow to the party for Raja Singh is a well known Hindutva leader and a “dedicated” gau rakshak. As things stand, the BJP will not want to lose him at any cost, a senior party leader said.
On the other hand, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi also does not want to prolong the Raja Singh issue so that he gets more public sympathy, a political analyst said. The police on the other hand is extra cautious having learnt of the communal flare-up in Hyderabad after the derogatory statements made by Raja Singh against Prophet Muhammad.
His threat perception increased and hence the police will now reevaluate his saturation and take suitable measures. The MLA enjoys a BR (Bullet Resistant) vehicle and 2 + 2 PSO cover. The local police also monitors his security periodically. The police officials, sources said, will conduct a fresh security review and take appropriate action.
Nevertheless, the Hyderabad police will continue to maintain surveillance on Raja Singh and will not hesitate to book fresh cases if any of the bail conditions are violated, said sources. The conditions are that he must stay away from social media platforms and not give any provocative statements. The Hyderabad police has so far have not come on record to issue any statement on challenging the Telangana high court order.
MLA Raja Singh was imprisoned under the PD Act after being suspended by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late August for posting a video in which he made disparaging remarks about Prophet Muhammad. This caused widespread Muslim protests throughout Hyderabad.
Numerous people protested in the streets in response to his remarks, calling for his arrest. The Dabeerpura police detained the BJP MLA for his comments after viewing his video. Following the start of the protests, the police detained a large number of people. #KhabarLive #hydnews #hydlive