Politics in the Goshamahal assembly constituency have heated up significantly since (now suspended) BJP MLA T Raja Singh was detained and jailed by police last month. His absence has allowed the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to become more active in the seat in preparation for next year’s state elections. He is currently detained under the Preventive Detention (PD) Act.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders, including state ministers, visit Goshamahal on a regular basis and attend all government programs. In fact, they do not miss even minor programs, according to party sources. With Raja Singh in jail, the state leadership of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged its cadre to go toe-to-toe with the TRS as well.
Suspended BJP MLA Raja Singh, known for inciting hate with his provocative speeches, was detained last month for making derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad in a YouTube video. He made the video in response to the TRS-led state government’s decision to allow comic Munawar Faruqui to perform a stand-up show in Hyderabad on August 20.
Faruqui’s show was held under tight security. Raja Singh posted the video two days later, sparking several protests. The MLA was arrested on August 23 and released on bail the next day. The Hyderabad police later detained him under the PD Act. He is facing over 100 cases filed against him and more than two dozen of which are for causing communal disturbances.
Following that, the All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party filed a representation to the Telangana Assembly speaker to disqualify Raja Singh as an MLA. The request is being reviewed. The space left by his imprisonment has fueled increased political activity in the Assembly.
In the 2018 state elections, the TRS, BJP, and Congress faced off against each other in a three-way battle.
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