Telangana BJP legislators shun oath ceremony in protest of Akbaruddin Owaisi, prompting a reaction from the Union minister who sees it as an ‘insult.’

Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief and Union minister G. Kishan Reddy expressed strong opposition on Saturday to the appointment of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) Akbaruddin Owaisi as the pro-tem Speaker of the assembly, citing it as an “insult to senior MLAs.” Reddy, emphasizing the tradition of appointing senior MLAs to the role, vowed to bring the matter to the governor’s attention, stating that the BJP demands the election of the assembly Speaker not proceed with Owaisi as the pro-tem Speaker. During a press conference, Reddy highlighted the BJP’s objection, emphasizing that the appointment goes against established norms.

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Despite Reddy’s objections, Owaisi took oath as the pro-tem Speaker at the Telangana legislative assembly in Raj Bhawan. The pro-tem Speaker’s temporary role involves officiating the assembly session until newly-elected members are sworn in and a permanent Speaker is elected. Reddy, after meeting with the party’s eight elected MLAs, including Raja Singh, voiced the party’s discontent with the situation.

Raja Singh, one of the BJP MLAs, strongly opposed Owaisi’s appointment, declaring that he and other BJP members would not participate in the oath-taking event. In a video message, Raja Singh asserted that he would never take the oath “as long as he is alive” in front of AIMIM, referencing past anti-Hindu comments made by Owaisi. He recalled a similar stance in 2018 when he refused to take the oath as an MLA with an AIMIM member as the pro-tem Speaker.

While other newly-elected leaders took oath before pro-tem Speaker Owaisi, the BJP leaders boycotted the ceremony, alleging a violation of assembly rules. Responding to the BJP’s objections, Telangana Congress spokesperson Chamala Kiran Kumar Reddy clarified that the appointment of a pro-tem Speaker is a constitutional matter, emphasizing the need for a senior MLA to hold the post. He dismissed the notion that making Owaisi the pro-tem Speaker indicated an alliance with AIMIM, stating that there was no need to polarize communities for political survival.

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