Hyderabad: The Congress has strongly condemned Goshamahal BJP MLA-elect Raja Singh’s statement that he would not take oath as member of the Assembly to be administered by Pro-Tem Speaker Mumtaz Ahmed Khan belonging to the MIM.
“Raja Singh’s statement shows the level of hatred that he holds against the Muslim community. He does not deserve to be a Member of the Legislative Assembly, which is a symbol of democracy and secularism. He must be expelled from the House forthwith”, AICC spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju demanded in a statement here.
Pointing out that as many as 43 criminal cases were pending against Raja Singh and most of them pertain to hate speeches, Sravan said some 24 cases were booked against Raja Singh since 2014 by the TRS regime. However, Raja Singh was never arrested or tried in those cases, he deplored. “Why was the TRS government, which claims to be secular, was defending Raja Singh? Why Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was preventing the police from taking action against the BJP MLA, who crossed all the limits? Why MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi was not using his influence over the Chief Minister to send Raja Singh behind the bars for his heinous utterances?” he asked.
Sravan urged the Chief Minister to take serious note of Raja Singh’s statements and inaction on pending cases against him. Since Raja Singh has given a statement against the Pro-Tem Speaker due to his religion, a resolution should be passed in the Assembly cancelling Raja Singh’s membership. He reminded that previous Congress regime put Owaisi brothers in jail when they delivered hate speeches. “There should be zero tolerance against people who spread hatred and communalism,” he added. Shravan also said BJP national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should expel Raja Singh from the BJP.