Andhra Congress backs Kanche Ilaiah

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The Congress on Monday condemned the attack on writer and Dalit rights activist Kancha Ilaiah and demanded action against a TDP MP who had allegedly threatened him.

In a statement, party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said Kancha Ilaiah’s vehicle was pelted with shoes and stones at Ambedkar Centre in Parakal town of Warangal district on September 24.

He alleged that earlier TDP MP TG Venkatesh had issued a ‘fatwa’ against Ilaiah threatening to “kill” him or “hang him in the streets”.

“Coming from a sitting Member of Parliament and an ally of the BJP — this kind of death threat against a fellow citizen not only deserves strongest condemnation but is a clear cut criminal offence under Section 307 of IPC,” Surjewala said.

“Can a parliament member, who issues a fatwa against a citizen — that too a globally known writer and thinker — continue in the responsible position of an MP? It’s a question that the ruling BJP and TDP must answer,” Surjewala added.

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