‘Won?t take oath where MIM MLA is Speaker‘

HYDERABAD: Triggering yet another political controversy, T Raja Singh, the BJP?s lone legislator in the assembly, has refused to take oath or even step inside the House to protest the decision to make All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM)?s five-time MLA Mumtaz Ahmed Khan a pro-tem speaker. His decision comes a day after Khan was designated as the pro-tem speaker by the (TRS).

Explaining his decision, the BJP politician said: ?I, Raja Singh, will not step into the Telangana Assembly or take the oath before the MLA of a party which speaks of eliminating Hindus. I won?t take the oath before a party which speaks of a war in the country, which does not sing , doesn?t proclaim ?Bharat Mata Ki Jai?. I will not take the oath before a dirty party like that.?

Raja Singh said he will speak to legal advisors and decide what further action needs to be taken if someone from MIM eventually becomes a full-time speaker. In a video released on social media, the MLA-elect dubbed AIMIM as a ?dirty party? and objected to Khan?s swearing-in. The legislator from also addressed Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as a follower of the Nizam and AIMIM.

?If you (KCR) change your decision regarding pro-tem speaker, a good message will be conveyed in Telangana. I urge the CM to recollect that MIM was against bifurcation of the state,? Singh said.

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