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Motormouth Raja Singh, Infamous for Lynching and Beheading Threats, is Lone BJP Winner in Telangana

File photo of BJP MLA T Raja Singh Lodh. (Video grab)

File photo of BJP MLA T Raja Singh Lodh. (Video grab)

Singh, known in many quarters for his "inflammatory" comments, and who has over 60 cases against him, mostly for "hate speeches", retained his Goshamahal Assembly constituency in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: Firebrand leader Raja Singh Lodh will be the sole torch-bearer for the BJP in the Assembly as all other party candidates bit the dust in the December 7 Telangana polls.

Singh, known in many quarters for his "inflammatory" comments, and who has over 60 cases against him, mostly for "hate speeches", retained his Goshamahal Assembly constituency in Hyderabad.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had, in fact, campaigned for him in the segment. He had proposed that Hyderabad be renamed as Bhagyanagar, a proposal endorsed by Adityanath.

Singh, while campaigning for Telangana elections last month had challenged AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s brother Akbaruddin to a street fight and said he would not stop fighting him “till his severed head is under his foot".

He had further said that he did not require votes of those Muslims who weren't gau rakshaks (protectors of cows) and won't say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.

In July, he was in the spotlight for saying that incidents of lynching will continue in India unless cow gets status of 'rashtra mata' and a law is introduced against the animal’s slaughter.

Earlier, a police complaint was filed against him for giving a hate speech. The Hyderabad MLA had said that he would behead the ones opposing the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

He had also once sparked controversy by saying illegal Bangladeshis in Assam must be shot if they refuse to leave.

BJP's Telangana state unit President K Laxman and floor leader in the dissolved Assembly Kishan Reddy lost in Musheerabad and Amberpet segments respectively.

The BJP contested in 118 Assembly segments out of the total of 119, leaving one seat to its ally, the Yuva Telangana party.

Seeking votes for change and claiming itself to be the alternative to TRS and Congress, the BJP had conducted a high octane campaign with a galaxy of top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Narendra Modi, canvassing in the state.

BJP had five MLAs in the previous Assembly.

The party contested the 2014 Assembly elections in alliance with the TDP.

In a statement, Laxman said that the BJP accepted the people's verdict and that the Narendra Modi government would extend all help and cooperation to Telangana for its development.

Opining that major issues like unemployment, family rule, corruption and dictatorial rule have been relegated to the margins, he claimed that the reason for it was the campaign by TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu's campaign had raised "sentiments" among people, Laxman claimed.