Only those "begging for vote" host Iftar parties, controversial Telangana BJP lawmaker T Raja Singh Lodh said on Monday, declaring he would neither host nor attend such events.
Known for making contentious statements, the MLA from Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad posted a video message on a social networking site where he said one of his friends suggested him to hold an Iftar party like many other lawmakers do during the holy month of Ramzan.
"These days many Telangana legislators are busy hosting Iftar parties, wearing skull caps and taking selfies. They think if they have to do vote bank politics, they will have to think of 'sabka saath, sabha vikas' (together will all, development for all).
"This is their thinking. Those who sit with them (those attending Iftar) are 'vote ke bhikhari' (beggars for vote). My thinking is different," he said.
Singh said his religion Hinduism taught giving respect to everyone.
"But some religions and their religious books preach to kill Hindus as they are 'Kafir' (a term literally meaning non-believers but often construed as insulting to followers of other religions). How can I attend an Iftar or host one for those who talk of killing Hindus?" he said.
Singh said when his friend disputed his contention and wanted a proof in support of his claim, he told him that it was mentioned in the "green book".
"This green book is responsible for the...