With its eye on Telangana assemby election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today lifted the suspension of Telangana MLA T Raja Singh. This decision came in response to his reply to the show-cause notice issued by the party. The suspension had been imposed following a controversy sparked by his comments against Prophet Muhammad in August.
“Under suspension, the Central Disciplinary Committee of the party issued a show cause notice to you. This refers to your reply to the show cause notice. Your reply and explanation offered therein have been considered by the committee. Basis your reply, the committee has decided to revoke your suspension forthwith,” Om Pathak, member secretary of the party’s Central Disciplinary Committee, said in a notification.
Shortly after his suspension, Singh expressed confidence that the BJP would reinstate him and allow him to run as the party’s candidate in the Telangana Assembly elections for the Goshamahal constituency.
Additionally, he had categorically stated that he had no intention of joining either the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) or the Congress party.
Telangana is set to witness an intriguing triangular contest between the BRS, Congress, and BJP. In the previous Assembly elections in 2018, the BRS won 88 of the 119 seats, hogging 47.4 percent of the total vote share. The Congress finished a distant second with 19 seats and a vote share of 28.7 percent.
Polls will be held in Mizoram on November 7, Chhattisgarh on November 7 and November 17, Madhya Pradesh on November 17, Rajasthan on November 25 and Telangana on November 30. The counting of votes will take place on December 3 in all the states. Of the five states, polling in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases. (With agency inputs)