With scathing attacks by political parties on each other becoming headlines ahead of the GHMC elections, a top leader infamous for his recent acrimonious speech got booked for criminal trespass.
The man in question is BJP MP and President of the youth wing of the party, Tejasvi Surya, who got a case lodged against him for trespassing Osmania University’s campus without prior permission from its authorities, said Mahendra Reddy, the chief of Telangana Police.
The MP and his supporters, according to sources, entered the premises earlier this week by breaking down the barricades present as a hurdle to the incoming rally for delivering a sudden speech to the Arts College students.
The complainant, Gopal Reddy, who is also the Registrar of Osmania University, said that Mr. Surya hadn’t sought any permission to conduct the event in the campus. He added that the university administration, on the direction of the Vice-Chancellor, registered a complaint with the OU Police for criminal trespass.
The MP of BJP has actively been campaigning in the city for the municipal elections scheduled to be held on December 1st. In the race for the position of Hyderabad’s Mayor, Mr. Surya continued to remain in the spotlight, thanks to his controversial speeches.
He has been critiqued for passing several unapologetic nasty comments against the ruling party, TRS of KCR, and AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi.
Recently, he called Mr. Owaisi as the “modern-day Mohammed Ali Jinnah”, the founder of Pakistan.
Mr. Surya, who is an MP from Bengaluru, after reaching the decades-old University, allegedly removed the barbed wires and obstruction components. He then marched his way along with his supporters forcefully into the Arts College building where he addressed the surprised students.
According to Mr. Surya, he was at the college to “pay respects to Telangana movement’s martyrs”. He accused the police of acting on the orders of Chief Minister KCR for allegedly closing the gates, not allowing him and his rally to enter the campus.
However, the police denied his claim and said that the barricades were put in place by the university administration itself as only the staff and students were allowed to come inside.
The current serving Vice-Chancellor of the coveted Osmania University, Arvind Kumar, who is also a senior bureaucrat, cited a ruling from 2017 that mentioned the ban of political events in the premises of the educational institution.
Telangana has been drawing a lot of political attention since the Dubakka bypolls which crowned BJP with 1,000 more votes than the state’s ruling party. Boosted with the newly received confidence, BJP is carving strategies to mark its permanent presence in the southern state through a win in GHMC elections followed by the assembly elections and finally the general polls of 2024.
With largely dominant local parties making all efforts to execute beneficial campaigns, BJP is planning to bring in the Prime Minister himself for rallying in the elections that will decide the next Mayor of Hyderabad