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Only those "begging for vote" host Iftar parties, says TL BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Only those "begging for vote" host parties, controversial Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh Lodh said today, declaring he would neither host nor attend such events.

Known for making contentious statements, the MLA from Goshamahal constituency in posted a video message on a where he said one of his friends suggested him to hold an party like many other lawmakers do during the holy month of Ramzan.

"These days many Telangana legislators are busy hosting parties, wearing skull caps and taking selfies. They think if they have to do vote bank politics, they will have to think of 'sabka saath, sabha vikas' (together will all, development for all).

"This is their thinking. Those who sit with them (those attending Iftar) are 'vote ke bhikhari' (beggars for vote). My thinking is different," he said.

Singh said his religion Hinduism taught giving respect to everyone.

"But some religions and their religious books preach to kill Hindus as they are 'Kafir' (a term literally meaning non-believers but often construed as insulting to followers of other religions). How can I attend an Iftar or host one for those who talk of killing Hindus?" he said.

Singh said when his friend disputed his contention and wanted a proof in support of his claim, he told him that it was mentioned in the "green book".

"This green book is responsible for the spread of terrorism in and it should be banned. I will fight to get it banned," he said.

The said he dreams of an "akhand Hindu rashtra" (an undivided Hindu nation), building a in Ayodhya, a ban on cow slaughter in the entire country and return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

He said it was because of "secularwadi" (secularist) Hindus that the Mughals and the British ruled

"When there are over 50 Muslim countries and more than 100 Christian countries, why can't there be a single Hindu nation?" he asked.

Singh has been booked by the police several times over alleged provocative speeches and statements.

He once said the heads of those opposing construction of at Ayodhya be chopped off.

Singh recently accused K Chandrasekhar Rao of hosting Iftar at different mosques in the state to "appease" the minorities.

"KCR wants aid from Centre as state is in financial crisis but for appeasement of minorities is spending 66 crore for #Development over vote bank politics#Iftar politics," he wrote.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 15:05 IST