Rajabhaiya to his supporters in the walled city of Hyderabad, BJP MLA Thakur Raja Singh Lodh, says he has only one mission in life — to protect ‘Gau Mata’ (cow).
“I am willing to do anything to prevent cows from being slaughtered. I want to ensure that they are protected at all times. It is my individual mission,” says the first-time BJP MLA from Goshamahal.
Raja Singh, 38, hit the headlines for threatening to do all within his power to disrupt a proposed beef festival at Osmania University on December 10.
“I have resolved that I will make every effort to prevent this festival, which I believe hurts the sentiments of Hindus,” he told The Indian Express.
A former municipal councillor from Mangalhat, Singh entered politics in 2009 by joining the Telugu Desam Party. In 2014, he switched to the BJP and wrested the Goshamahal assembly seat from the Congress.
Singh has at least five cases against him for allegedly inciting communal clashes. But question him on the matter and he dismisses all cases as “false”.
“I have been acquitted in the murder and attempt to murder cases. In almost all the cases, I have been acquitted. They were all false,” said Singh. In a 2003 case, he is accused of being involved in the murder of two pastors in Hyderabad.
“I have saved at least 1,000 cows from being slaughtered in the last few years. I fight with people who are taking them to the slaughterhouses and rehabilitate the cows at ‘gaushalas’. Sixty FIRs have been registered against me in cases relating to protection of cows and I am proud of these cases,” said Singh, even as he lost no time to add that he was willing to fight for his cause alone.
“I do not need anyone’s support, not even my party’s. I have my supporters and I can prevent the beef festival all by myself. I believe that this beef festival is the handiwork of the AIMIM. It is aimed at hurting the sentiments of Hindus. The beef festival is also aimed at maligning Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.