Ram Navami yatra: BJP MLA Raja Singh booked for hate speech in Hyderabad, 2 days after Mumbai

The Afzalgunj police took suo-moto notice of the Ram Navami speeches of BJP MLA from Goshamahal T Raja Singh.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Apr 01, 2023 | 2:35 PM Updated Apr 01, 2023 | 2:35 PM

BJP MLA Raja Singh booked for hate speech in Ram Navami Yatra

The Hyderabad City Police has yet again registered a case against suspended BJP MLA T Raja Singh — this time for a provocative speech on the occasion of the Ram Navami march on Thursday, 30 March.

This comes a day after the police told South First that videos of his speeches had been sent to its legal team to ascertain what action should be taken against the legislator.

“As per the advice of our legal team, the speech was found religiously motivated. It was related to two communities. So we have registered a case after examining the videos we had with us,” DCP (South West Zone-Hyderabad ) Kiran Khare told South First on Saturday.

He added that a notice will be sent to Singh in the coming days and his statement will be recorded.

Incidentally, the speeches were made on the same day that Singh was booked by Greater Mumbai police in a hate speech case at a Hindu right-wing group’s rally in January. He was also booked by Latur police on 27 February for the same reason.

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Hyderabad cops to issue notice

The Afzalgunj police took suo-moto notice of the speeches of the BJP MLA from Goshamahal.

“A sub-inspector of our police station is the complainant; he, along with his colleagues, was deployed as part of the security measures at Siddiamber Bazaar,” SHO Afzalgunj M Ravindar Reddy told South First.

The cops have booked Singh under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Hyderabad police had earlier issued him a show-cause notice on 30 January for a provocative speech in Mumbai.

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Oath for Hindu Rashtra in Ram Navami rally

On Thursday, Raja Singh had led a Ram Navami procession and, along with his followers, took an oath to make India a Hindu Rashtra.

“I, Raja Singh, am taking this oath to make India Akhand Hindu Rashtra. Till the time India will not become Hindu Rashtra, I will not sit quietly,” he said.Singh then went on to invoke the so-called love jihad.

“I will protect the saints and I will reply to love jihad boldly, and will not let conversations happen. I will not let cow slaughter happen. I am giving my life for the Hindu Rashtra, and will not divide (the nation) based on caste and politics. Till my last breath, I have only one motive: Hindu Rashtra,” he said.

Talking about the constitution of the Hindu Rashtra, he said that only Hindus would be given the right to vote.

“In our Hindu Rashtra, only those with just two children will have the right to vote, not we two, ours 50,” he said.

That last part was a veiled reference to Muslims, who, according to a popular Hindutva dog whistle, are trying to outnumber people of other religions by increasing their population.

There won’t be cow slaughter, no love jihad, no conversion,” the suspended MLA said, before using a derogatory term to mention a minority community.

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Defying HC orders

Raja Singh was arrested under the Preventive Detention (PD) Act, and suspended from the saffron party after he made offensive remarks against Islam and Prophet Mohammed in August last year.

Singh is out on conditional bail granted by the Telangana High Court on 9 November, which prohibited him from holding rallies, delivering provocative speeches against any religion, or speaking to the media in the state.

The suspended MLA has, since then, largely held rallies in Maharashtra, most of them organised by the Hindu Sakal Samaj, a loose association of several right-wing organisations.

The MLA from Goshamahal in Hyderabad is known for his controversial remarks against Muslims.

He has frequently given calls for a law against “love and land jihad”, religious conversion, and “population control”, a boycott of products with halal tags and boycotting Muslim businesses.

By some estimates, Raja Singh has over a 100 cases registered against him, many of them relating to hate speech.