BJP legislator says will 'behead' those opposing Ram Mandir in Ayodhya
The MLA in the Hyderabad Assembly is known for his right wing activities and has also been arrested multiple times. Photograph: (ANI)
In what may spark a fresh controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Hyderabad Raja Singh has said that he would behead the ones opposing the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
"Some people are saying that they will create ruckus if Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhya. I welcome the ones who are warning of dire consequences. We have been waiting for years to behead such traitors," the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) said while addressing a public gathering on Thursday.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) condemned Raja Singh's remark.
Dissociating itself from the legislator's statement, the right-wing BJP affiliate asserted that it never backed such observations and actions which intended to incite violence.
"Any statement which intended to use violence is condemnable. The RSS has never supported any violent act. The RSS disassociates itself from all such observations and actions," RSS leader Rakesh Sinha told ANI.
Raja Singh, who represents Goshamal constituency in the Hyderabad Assembly, is known for his right wing activities and has also been arrested multiple times.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had observed that Ayodhya dispute is a "sensitive" and "sentimental" issue, adding that the matter should be settled amicably.
Since then, various right-wing leaders have been campaigning for the temple to be built.
While Uma Bharti said she was ready to go to jail for the temple if need be, BJP leaders have been supporting the cause in their own way.