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BJP leaders arrested for skit ‘insulting’ KCR shows secular hypocrisy

BJP leaders were arrested in early June for a skit allegedly insulting Telangana Chief Minister (CM) K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR). BJP leaders Rani Rudrama and Daruvu Yellanna enacted a play on the eve of Telangana Formation Day during Amarula Yadilo – Udyama Akankshala Sadhana Sabha.

The event was organized by Jitta Balakrishna Reddy and other Telangana activists. The case was registered at Hayathnagar police station. Even state BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar was summoned for questioning in the matter. The complaint was filed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) social media (SM) convenor Y Satish Reddy.

A report by The Indian Express in the case says:

Hayathnagar police arrested Reddy early on Friday and booked him under IPC sections 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505(2) (statements causing public mischief, promoting enmity) r/w 109.

In a statement, the police said, “On June, under the leadership state BJP president Bandi Sanjay, Jitta Balakrishna Reddy and Rani Rudrama organized an event in view of Telangana Formation Day and misused the dais for performing a skit (hate act) with the help of BJP cultural team member Daruvu Yellanna and insulted a person who is holding a constitutional post being democratically elected by the people of the state and the same was telecast on a Telugu TV news channel.”

Based on the written complaint, a case was registered against Bandi Sanjay, Jitta Balakrishna Reddy, Rani Rudrama, Daruvu Yellanna, and his team. An officer said that during the skit, actors made derogatory comments and personal attacks, depicting the chief minister of the state as a drunkard, cheater, and so on. The FIR said the act was against the democratic ethos and hurt public will by personally targeting and defaming the elected government and the state’s Chief Minister.

Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other BJP leaders condemned the arrest. “What is the reason for the arrest? Did he commit a heinous crime? Is he a murderer? Why such a hurry to arrest him at midnight,” Kumar asked.

These ‘secular’ parties always talk about freedom of speech (FoS) but when it comes to their own they make up excuses to muzzle the same free speech they claim to advocate. The same TRS was advocating free speech for Munawar Faruqui and Kunal Kamra who keep insulting Hindu deities and Dharma time and again. Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao had invited Faruqui and Kamra to Hyderabad saying “we don’t cancel shows”.

That ‘secular’ FoS is all about supporting Hinduphobia has been evident from the manner in which political parties have supported Faruqui, be it Congress and NCP in Maharashtra or TRS in Telangana, or TMC in Bengal. The KCR-led TRS government has time and again targeted opposition leaders.

This incident yet again makes it clear that political parties that claim to champion FoS are the ones to suppress it when it doesn’t suit their agenda. According to them only the Hinduphobic section of the society has the right to free speech.

(Featured Image Source: The New Indian Express)

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