Raja Singh arrested for threatening to disrupt Faruqui comedy show
Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police arrested BJP MP T. Raja Singh ahead of comedian Munawar Faruqui’s performance on August 20 at Shilpakala Vedika in Hitec City, after threatening to beat the entertainer and set the venue on fire if the show was taking place.
On August 10, Faruqui announced on his Instagram page that his show ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ would be performed in Hyderabad on August 20.
Following Faruqui’s announcement, Raja Singh made disparaging remarks about the comedian in a video posted on August 11.
On Friday, as MP Goshamahal Raja Singh and his supporters attempted to leave for Shilpa Kala Vedika, police arrested him and transferred him to Lalaguda Police Station.
Tensions increased when police took away the BJP MP who was speaking to a large crowd outside his residence against the show. “Our activists have already purchased tickets for Faruqui’s show online. If IT Minister KT Rama Rao, Cyberabad Police and Telangana Police want peace and order in the city then they must cancel this trash comedian’s show. Even if you arrest me and allow his show to take place, we will be holding a comedy show on August 22, and if any communal issues arise as a result, I would like to make it clear that DGP Mr. Mahendar Reddy will be held accountable (sic),” he said.
Raja Singh also said that anyone who insults Hindu deities will be banned from performing in Telangana and urged Rama Rao not to allow Faruqi’s performance in the city. “Instead, the minister can invite any other comedian who respects Hindu deities to perform, and I will join the minister, sit in the front row and enjoy the show,” Raja Singh said.
When Faruqui’s show in Bangalore was denied police permission due to public order concerns, Rama Rao, mocking Bangalore’s claim to be a cosmopolitan city, had earlier invited Faruqui to perform. a stand-up comedy in Hyderabad. “We are a truly global city. Comedians are welcome in our city. We are not canceling Munawar Faruqui and Kunal Kamra shows just because we disagree with them politically. We are really I say this to the people of Bengaluru: you pretend to be cosmopolitan, but you end up taking comedy very seriously,” KTR said at the time.