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BJP suspends MLA Raja Singh for remark against Prophet Mohammad

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA in Telangana T Raja Singh, who was arrested earlier, has been suspended by the saffron party over his controversial remark against Prophet Mohammad.

The BJP has also asked him to reply to its show cause notice within 10 days and explain why he should not be expelled from the party.

T Raja Singh was arrested on suspicion of “promoting enmity in the name of religion” after some Muslim groups demanded his arrest for his statement against Prophet Mohammad.

Hundreds of Muslims protested against Raja Singh on Monday evening after the video appeared on social media, footage from media showed.

Raja Singh’s arrest comes weeks after the BJP suspended its spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, for her remarks on the prophet that had led to a diplomatic backlash against India.

“He has been charged with promoting enmity in the name of religion,” a senior police official was quoted as saying, adding, “We have detained him and we will arrest him. This is about the recent video that he posted.”

In the video, Raja Singh, in an apparent reference to Prophet Mohammad, is purportedly heard saying that an elderly man had married a girl decades his junior. Raja Singh is also purportedly seen making some comments against the religion in the video.

According to police, complaints were filed against Raja Singh in several police stations.

After his arrest, Raja Singh told reporters that his video was pulled down but he will upload “part 2” of the clip after his release.