BJP Revokes Suspension of Raja Singh

Hyderabad: The BJP which had suspended its sole MLA elected in the 2018 assembly polls has revoked it. The party’s Central Disciplinary Committee in a communique sent to the MLA said his explanation has been considered by the committee. It further added that the committee has decided to revoke the suspension forthwith.

With his suspension being lifted on a day the party is most likely to release its list it’s a foregone conclusion now that he will be fielded from the Goshamahal assembly constituency.

The step has long been speculated in view of the impending polls to the assembly. In a release to the media, BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy said, “The central disciplinary committee of the BJP has decided to revoke the suspension of T. Raja Singh MLA Goshamahal from the BJP after due consideration of his explanation in response to the show cause notice served by the party.”

Speaking with the media, Raja Singh said, “I am hopeful that I would get to contest from the Goshamahal constituency. I will do as the party orders and campaign for the party even if I don’t get a seat but will contest from the Goshamahal seat itself.”

Raja Singh, known for making incendiary and provocative statements, was suspended from the party in the wake of his comments against Prophet Mohammad. The statements when made had the likely effect of derailing diplomatic relations with the Gulf countries. His comments coming as they did in the backdrop of similar comments by BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma which had bagged international headlines with calls for her death had necessitated his suspension as a way out of the situation.

Raja Singh, arrested on August 25th, 2022 was released from jail in November 2022 after the High Court set aside his arrest under the PD (preventive detention) Act. Raja Singh being the poster boy of Hindutva politics in the State had recently challenged the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to contest against him from the Goshamahal assembly constituency which houses the party’s headquarters Darussalam.

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