"If you don't sing Vande Mataram you have no right to be in India," said Raja Singh last week.

Hyd police book BJP MLA Raja Singh for alleged hate speech for Vande Mataram commentImage credit: Facebook/ Raja Singh
news Crime Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 19:16

The Dabeerpura Police Station in Hyderabad has booked BJP MLA Raja Singh for a hate speech. This time for his statement that there was no place in India, for those who did not sing 'Vande Mataram'. 

An FIR has been registered under Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),which deals with 'deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs.'

The Goshamahal legislator was said to have made the speech last week, while addressing a crowd near Bhopal.

In a video of the speech, Raja Singh was heard saying, "You have to sing Vande Mataram. If you don't sing it, you have no right to be in India. You will see soon that we don't have to put a sword to your neck. You will lower your head, get on your knees and accept to sing it because you want to stay in India."

He also added that he has a 'discount' and 'special package' for those who refused.

"For two days, we will send them to the India-Pakistan border near Punjab. We'll send them to the Pakistan side. In two days, those who do not sing Vande Mataram will come back to India willingly," he added in the speech.

The speech had come less than a week after the Hyderabad police had registered an FIR against him on the same sections, for threatening to 'behead anyone who opposes the construction of a Ram temple, at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

A day after that speech, he reiterated his demand for a Ram temple at the site, and said that he was ready to give his life, or take a life, for it.

Even during the speech in Bhopal, Singh reportedly charged the crowd with his communal rhetoric, saying “lathi goli marenge, mandir wahi banayenge," suggesting that they were ready to shoot people for the Ram temple.

Throughout his speech, the crowd can be seen cheering wildly. 

Raja Singh is no stranger to controversy, and the MLA has been accused of making controversial statements and speeches, particularly against Muslims.

Several cases of hate speech and trying to promote enmity between religions are also pending against the MLA.


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