‘Mosques covered with cloth’: Defying police orders, BJP’s Raj Singh takes out Ram Navami rally in Hyderabad

BJP MLA T Raja Singh during Ram Navami rally in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: Against the orders of Hyderabad Police, BJP MLA T Raja Singh, who has over 100 cases of hate speeches registered against him, led a large Ram Navami rally on Wednesday.

Mosques along the route were covered, and Singh halted at points to address his followers. One mosque in Siddiamber Bazar was covered with a white cloth, as shown in viral pictures.

Despite police refusal, Singh organised the procession from Akashpuri Hanuman Temple to Hanuman Vyamshala in RamKoti. Singh had shared a video on X yesterday, claiming the police denied permission at the last minute, despite his application being submitted nearly 40-42 days earlier.

Singh accused the Congress government of obstructing Hindu sentiments, akin to KCR’s approach. Despite this, he welcomed people to join the procession.

Donning saffron attire and a turban adorned with a Ram Temple image, Raja Singh commenced the rally after temple prayers, surrounded by armed guards forming a protective ring. He then stood on a vehicle, singing accompanied by a DJ while supporters danced in the streets. Mosques along the route were covered, and Singh halted at points to address his followers.

Singh has organised this event since 2010 and has a history of provocative actions, including Islamophobic songs, and is notorious for his cow vigilantism and hate speeches, for which he has been detained under the Preventive Detention Act, facing over 100 cases of hate speech.

Last year, despite the Telangana High Court’s orders barring him from making communal speeches, Raja Singh violated the bail conditions and made an appeal to make India, a secular country, into a unified Hindu state (Akhand Hindu Rashtra).

“Today in India, there are 100 crore Hindus. So why not declare India as a Hindu country? Today, we have more than 50 Islamic countries and 150 Christian countries. So today I want to ask those ‘impotent’ leaders who are against Akhand Hindu Rashtra, why are you objecting to it?” Raja Singh had said. 

Some of his followers in the procession were also seen carrying a  huge portrait of Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, widely known as the father of the nation. 

During the procession he asked the crowd to take an oath to make a resolution for the formation of Akhand Hindu Rashtra, retaliate against ‘love jihadis’, prevent cow slaughter and religious conversions. ‘Love jihad’ is a bogey spread by Hindu right-wing groups, claiming that Muslim men ‘trap’ Hindu women in romantic relationships with the intent of forcefully converting them to Islam. However, there is no evidence for such claims.

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