With Goshamahal BJP MLA T Raja Singh still under suspension for making derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad last year, other local leaders from his constituency are reportedly interested in contesting the elections if the party gives them a ticket. Raja Singh is also currently subject to a gag order issued by the Telangana High Court, which prevents him from holding rallies or public events in the state.
With state elections coming up in six months, Raja Singh has managed to circumvent the gag order by attending Hindutva rallies outside of the state. He has been doing the same thing in Maharashtra for the last few weeks. According to reports, the two-term Goshamahal MLA is considering all options, including contesting as an independent candidate from Amberpet constituency that was earlier held by Union Minister G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad.
According to sources close to the MLA, Raja Singh is confident of winning the Goshamahal or Amberpet seat in the 2023 assembly elections. The Goshamahal constituency has six sitting BJP corporators, at least two of whom are vying for an MLA ticket from the party because Raja Singh has already contested twice.
Raj Singh is currently out on bail after being arrested last year for making derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad, which sparked several protests. While quashing Singh’s detention in jail under the PD Act last year, the High Court warned the BJP MLA not to make provocative speeches or speak in public.
In recent times, a case has already been filed against him for violating court orders (with the Mangalhat police station). On January 29, he was served with another notice by the Hyderabad police for a hate speech in Mumbai. Raja Singh is currently unable to conduct political campaigns or hold public rallies, which he would have preferred to do in the run-up to the polls. It is unclear how the state judiciary will react to him making speeches outside, with the logic that it is beyond the HC’s jurisdiction.
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