Raja Singh Lodh, the controversial Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Goshamahal on Sunday announced his resignation from the BJP (again) to pursue cow protection. According to him, the state government is not doing enough to protect the bovine animal. The BJP man had resigned also in 2017 but later took back his resignation. This would be his third resignation within a span of two years.
"I had resigned four days back, I had given a letter to president Laxman ji," said Raja Singh at a press conference in Hyderabad.
"The Telangana government is not taking any steps to prevent cow slaughtering in Hyderabad," he added.
"The ruling party MLC's are doing cattle exports, for the upcoming Bakri Eid, people are starving cattle in their houses, I will go to any extent for my Dharma and cows, as I treat them as my mother," the MLA alleged.
Explaining the reasoning behind his resignation this time around, Raja Singh said, "Whenever I'm doing movement/protection for cow they are making an attack on Modi saying that 'your MLA is doing that saying this' so don't want my party or leaders should be blamed or attacked for my doings." He was referring to the many cases filed against him for hate speech.
Singh has urged the state government and police to take preventive measures to curb the illegal transportation and slaughter of cattle. He alleged that cattle were being transported to Hyderabad from various places and were kept in the old city at Bahadurpura, Falaknuma and Chandrayangutta.
“Earlier, there were about 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 local government and the police to take required measures,” said Singh at the press conference. He urged the city police to convene a coordination meeting with slaughterhouse owners and the Gaurakshaks, unlike the recent meet where only the slaughterhouse owners were invited.
The BJP MLA called for stricter implementation of the Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act and said that he was not against any religion or tradition, but wanted everyone to abide by the law.
However, shortly after Singh's press conference, Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao tweeted, "MLA Raja Singh has not resigned from the party. His resignation has neither been accepted nor approved by the party."