YSRCP MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju calls AP government anti-Hindu, faces disqualification

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This is not the first time the MP, who represents the Narsapuram constituency, facing trouble. The party had in July issued a show cause notice to him for 'publicly adopting a stand discordant with the party line'.

YSRCP MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju calls AP government anti-Hindu, faces disqualification

Andhra Pradesh YSRCP MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju has courted trouble by terming the state government headed by his own party anti-Hindu in the Lok Sabha on Saturday, September 19.

The party leader in the Lower House Midhun Reddy told The Sunday Express that his party has given a letter to Speaker Om Birla, seeking Raju’s disqualification for anti-party activities.

Raju stunned members across parties when he stood up and said that a constructive destruction of temples is going on in the state. He called for setting up a Hindu commission in lines with Christian minorities or Muslim minorities, to address the issue.

“Though we are a majority (religious community), we are being treated like a minority. Even in the case of Tirupati temple, for the sake of one individual they are changing rules that have been there for ages,” he said, without specifying what he was referring to.

Speaker Om Birla repeatedly asked him to take his seat, but he did not pay any head to the Speaker’s pleas. “This issue has to be addressed,” he thundered. “Only a karmayogi, our honourable PM, shall address the issue. Otherwise atrocities will go on in our state.”

While visibly pleased BJP MPs were seen thumping the desk, YSRCP initiated the disqualification process against Raju immediately after the incident. According to Reddy, Raju who has shifted loyalty five times in the past, moving from the Congress to YSRCP to TDP to BJP to TDP and back to YSRCP.

This is not the first time the MP, who represents the Narsapuram constituency, facing trouble. The party had in July issued a show cause notice to him for 'publicly adopting a stand discordant with the party line'.

On June 18, Raghurama Krishnam Raju wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla alleging that there is a threat to his life from his own party leaders. In the letter, he requested the speaker to provide him with central forces security cover.'

The show-cause notice alleged that the statement mentioned that MLAs are resorting to the looting of sand in the State of Andhra Pradesh, adding that it had no evidence.

The attack on the temples in the state took a political turn after a wooden chariot belonging to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Antarvedi town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh was burned to ashes.

It was initially thought to be an ‘accidental' fire but this chariot fire - the reason of which is still not know - has put the ruling YSRCP government in a tight spot since that day. The issue took a serious religious and fiery political turn since that day.

The opposition Telugu Party has been mounting a political campaign against the YSRCP government saying that the fire was not an isolated issue and even demanded a CBI probe into it.

Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and opposition leader. Said there have been 20 incidents of attacks on temple ever since YS Jagan Mohan Reddy took over as Chief Minister. “There have been a series of disturbing incidents that are communally sensitive followed by controversial allegations,” Naidu said reiterating his demand for a CBI probe.

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