Reacting to the commotion against Thakur Raja Singh’s contentious comment at Prophet Muhammad, the Bhartiya Janata Party on Tuesday suspended its Telangana MLA hours after his arrest.
Thakur Raja Singh, known for his hard Hindutva views and often controversial statements involving Muslims, was suspended by the party following protests against his comments leading to his arrest by the Telangana Police.
Om Pathak, Secretary of the party’s central disciplinary committee, admitted, “You have expressed views contrary to the Party’s position on various matters, which is in clear violation of Rule XXV 10 (a) of constitution of the BJP. I have been directed to convey to you that pending further inquiry, you are suspended from the party and from your responsibilities/assignments if any, with immediate effect.”
The party central flinty committee had also issued a show cause notice asking him to respond within ten days as to why he should not be blacklist from the party.
On Tuesday BJP, suspended Telangana’s MLA Thakur Raja Singh with instantaneous effect over his ostensible comment against Prophet Muhammad. The party central disciplinary committee had also issued a unveil notice.
Singh’s vexed statement set off protests in Hyderabad demanding for his arrest, following which he was arrested by the Telangana police on Tuesday. Even as many BJP leaders from Telangana damned the arrest, the party central leadership issued the orders against him.
It is believed that the BJP perceive that the MLA’s remarks were snowballing into a major controversy close on the heels of the party’s former spokesperson Nupur Sharma and could have similar diplomatic counterblast , prompting it to suspend him.
Condemning the remarks, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi questioned if it was an official policy of the BJP to make derogatory remarks against the Prophet. He said the BJP does not want peace in Telangana especially Hyderabad and people can see how much they hate the Prophet.
By Nimisha Sharma | On Tue 23 Aug 2022