Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh courted controversy on Sunday by threatening violence, akin to mob lynching, by gau rakshaks if the State government did not take precautions to curb illegal slaughter in the days leading to Bakrid.
At the same time, he also announced that he had tendered his resignation letter to the State BJP chief because Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah were ‘being blamed’ for his statements on a multitude of issues.
“We do not want the kind of violent atmosphere that we have seen in other states. However, if you do not install any check-posts outside the city and conduct raids in Old City where butchers have hidden cows and calves, there is a 200 per cent chance of mob lynching and violence,” Raja Singh said at a press conference on Sunday.
Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency in the Assembly, said in a video message posted on a social networking site that he has forwarded his resignation letter to Telangana BJP president K Laxman.
"For me Hindu dharma and cow protection are priorities, and politics comes later. For 'gau raksha', I have resigned from the BJP. I brought up the issue in the Assembly many times, but the party did not provide any support," he said.
"...I and my team of 'gau rakshaks' will hit the streets and stop slaughter of cows in the state," he added.
Singh, who has been booked several times by police for his controversial statements and speeches, said, "For cow protection...we will kill or we will die. Our aim is to see that cows are not slaughtered."
(With inputs from PTI)