Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh makes yet another provocative speech, this time at Latur; no case filed

In a video Raja Singh is seen making statements like “killers of our cows, people who are involved in conversion, they should be not spared”.

BySumit Jha

Published Feb 20, 2023 | 6:25 PM Updated Feb 21, 2023 | 1:47 PM

Raja Singh Latur

Raja Singh, the suspended BJP MLA from Goshamahal in Hyderabad, has yet again made a provocative speech — this time on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti at Latur, Maharashtra, on Sunday, 19 February.

In a video circulating on social media, he is seen making statements like “love jihadis, killers of our cows, people who are involved in conversion, they should be not spared”. .

Raja Singh also said that it was not enough (for Hindus) to voice dissent, but there was a “need for action”.

“I want to tell our secular brothers, we can never be brothers. People from the two communities can never be brothers. Can Shivaji and Aurangzeb ever be brothers or Maharana Pratap and Akbar be brothers? People who nurture cows and those who kill them can never be one,” he can be heard saying in the video.

Asked about the Latur speech, Goshamahal ACP R Satish Kumar said that so far the police have not received any information regarding it.

“The incident took place in Maharashtra, so we don’t have knowledge about it, and nobody has lodged any complaint regarding this,” Satish Kumar told South First.

Serial law breaker

This is not the first time Raja Singh has sparked controversy.

On 25 August last year, he was arrested by the police in Hyderabad for inciting hatred and allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad.

After more than two months in prison, Singh was granted conditional bail 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.

He has also been told not to post anything on social media for three months.

Raja Singh, however, made provocative statements in Mumbai in January, and was served a show cause notice by Telangana Police.

“Last three-four times, when Raja Singh violated the conditions (imposed by the court), a show cause notice was served on him, and he has replied to it and police are taking legal opinion on how to go forwatrd,” Hyderabad West Zone DCP Joel Davis told South First.

It should be noted that a total of 101 criminal cases have been registered against Raja Singh since 2004, most of them relating to hate speech and inciting communal hatred.