The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reportedly considering the revocation of the suspension of Telangana MLA T Raja Singh. Singh had been suspended from the party following his arrest in August 2022 on charges related to making objectionable remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.
According to reliable sources cited by India Today, T Raja Singh’s name is expected to be included in the BJP’s first list of candidates for the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections. The official announcement of this list is speculated to be made on October 15.
T Raja Singh, the current Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing the Goshamahal constituency, is anticipated to contest in the upcoming Assembly elections from the same constituency.
The Assembly polls in Telangana are scheduled to take place on November 30, with the election results set to be announced on December 3.
T Raja Singh’s suspension from the BJP had been a consequence of his controversial actions and statements. In one instance, he released a video labeled as “comedy,” which targeted comedian Munawar Faruqui. This video stirred controversy as Singh accused Faruqui of offending the religious sentiments of Hindus and made derogatory remarks against the comedian and his mother. Moreover, allegations were raised concerning derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad in the same video.
These developments resulted in widespread protests across various locations in Hyderabad, leading to the filing of a First Information Report (FIR) against T Raja Singh. The charges against him included violations of Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion), and 505 (public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.
T Raja Singh faced legal trouble earlier in the year when the Mumbai Police registered an FIR against him for delivering an alleged hate speech during an event held in January. In his speech, the suspended MLA had called for Hindus to unite and boycott the purchase of goods from shops belonging to Muslim community. This action led to the lodging of an FIR against him under Section 153A 1(a) of the Indian Penal Code.