Another police case is being filed against BJP MLA Raghvendra Singh for a repeat of hate speech in Uttar Pradesh’s visceral divisive election campaign. The MLA, which claimed Muslims will have to wear “tilak” if he wins against Dorriyaganj, this time threatened to test the DNAs of Hindus who vote for anyone other than him.
“When the Hindu goes elsewhere, the blood of the ‘miyan’ (derogatory reference to Muslims) flows through his veins. He is a traitor and an illegitimate child of Jaichand,” the MLA declared, referring to the 12th-century king whose name has become synonymous with “traitor”.
“If a Hindu goes to the other side after so much bullying, he shouldn’t be able to show his face. How many of you are Jaichands?’ he asked, taunting the audience in a village in his constituency.
As the silence greeted his comments, he continued: “Give me their names and I’ll have their blood tested to see if they’re Hindus or Miyans. I’ll have their DNA tested.”
The video is reportedly two days old. Domriyaganj has a mixed population and will vote in phase 6, on March 3.
A hate speech charge was also filed last week against Raghvendra Singh for his “tilak” comments.
“If I become MLA again, as gol-topis (skull heads) are gone, next time the miyan-log (derogatory term for Muslims) will wear the tilak,” Singh had said.
When there was a response, he said it was a “conditional speech” to counter what he called “Islamic terrorism”.
“When there were Islamic terrorists here, Hindus were forced to wear go topis (headwear). I said ‘conditionally’. I am willing to sacrifice everything for Hindu pride. I meant that if Muslims do everything they can to defeat me, I will not remain silent,” said the UP that heads Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing group founded by Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath.