Permission denied, yet BJP MLA Raja Singh invites people to join his Ram Navami rally

While police denied permission to Raja Singh, they have allowed another religious outfit to carry out procession along the same route.

BySumit Jha

Published Apr 17, 2024 | 10:52 AMUpdatedApr 17, 2024 | 10:52 AM

Permission denied, yet BJP MLA Raja Singh invites people to join his Ram Navami rally

The Hyderabad Police has denied permission to BJP MLA T Raja Singh to conduct the Ram Navami Shobha Yatra in the city.

However, another organisation got police permission for the Shobha Yatra on the same route in the old city.

Even after the police had rejected his application, Singh on Wednesday, 17 April, urged people to attend the Ram Navami celebration. The call comes even as Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in place for Lok Sabha elections 2024.

On Tuesday night, Singh declared that he would proceed with the procession plan despite the police denying him permission.

“Today, at 8:30 pm on April 16, I received a letter rejecting permission for this year’s Shri Ram Navami procession. What’s alarming is that the letter was dated April 14, leaving us with insufficient time to address this issue,” he said on X.

“For years, our procession has been a symbol of devotion, drawing lakhs of Ram Bhakts from across the nation and Telangana. It’s disheartening to witness such a sudden and unjustified obstruction to our Hindu freedom,” the MLA further tweeted.

“We anticipated such actions from the current Congress government, following in the footsteps of KCR, and ignoring Hindu sentiments. But….Jai Shri Ram?????? #SriRamNavami (sic),” he added.

“No one can stop me. It was predicted that in the event of Congress assuming authority, Hindus would face oppression, supported by law enforcement agencies. Instances have already surfaced in Kerala and Karnataka during Hindu celebrations, with organisers facing pressure and fabricated charges,” he said in a video message, adding that he had applied for the permission 40 days before the event.

Permission for the event

The police have permitted an organisation named Bhagwantrao Bhagyanagar Utsav Samithi to take out the rally.

“There is no permission (granted to Raja Singh). There were four applications, and our commissioner has given the permission to Bhagwantrao Bhagyanagar Utsav Samithi, on the same route as of Raja Singh’s planned Shobha Yatra,” Kotla Venkat Reddy, ACP of Goshamahal told South First.

Bhagwantrao Bhagyanagar Utsav Samithi could bring anyone, including Singh. During the rally last year, Singh had made an inflammatory speech and demanded a Hindu Rashtra.

(Edited by Majnu Babu).