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Controversial BJP MLA from Hyderabad resigns to devote himself to cow protection

BJP MLA Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, told media persons that he did not want his movement for protection of cows to be linked to his party.

telangana Updated: Aug 12, 2018 20:49 IST
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Raja Singh (pictured) recently kicked up a controversy by supporting incidents of lynching for cow slaughter.(ANI/Twitter)

Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party Telangana MLA T Raja Singh on Sunday announced that he had resigned from the assembly to devote himself full time to the cow protection movement.

Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, told media persons that he did not want his movement for protection of cows to be linked to his party.

“I submitted my resignation letter to state party president Dr K Laxman four days ago. I have decided to step my agitation against cow slaughter and I don’t want it to be anyway associated to the party,” he said.

Party sources, however, said his resignation had not been forwarded to state assembly speaker S Madhusudhana Chary for acceptance so far.

Known for his controversial and inflammatory comments, Singh recently kicked up yet another controversy by supporting the incidents of lynching of people for alleged cow slaughter.

“Though I am against people taking law into their hands and killing those resorting to cow slaughter, I always believed that nobody would be able to stop such incidents as long as there are cow slaughter incidents in different parts of the country,” he said.

Singh demanded that the government should immediately enact a legislation banning illegal transportation and slaughter of cows. He alleged that cattle, including cows, had been brought to the city in large numbers for slaughter ahead of Bakr Eid.

“In the past, there used to be 78 check posts to keep a strict vigil on illegal transportation of cattle at various places. But now, there is not even one. I request the state government and the police to take required measures,” he said, adding that the city police should convene a coordination meet with the slaughter house owners and ‘gau rakshaks’.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 20:49 IST