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TDP MP Demands Kancha Ilaiah’s Legs Should Be Broken?:- Andhra Pradesh TDP MP Maganti Venkateswara Rao from Eluru, On Friday, said that writer and social scientist Kancha Ilaiah’s legs should be broken by people.
Seeking a ban on his book “Komatollu Samajika Smagglarlu” (Komatollu are social smugglers), the Arya Vysya organisations have been holding protests in parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and burning the writer's effigies.
Maganti Venkateswara Rao, addressing at an event, said that people from the Arya Vysya community would break the legs of those who speak ill against the community. If their feelings were intentionally hurt by someone, then no community would accept it, said Mr. Rao.
Maganti is not the first MP to lash out against the writer. A case was filed against TDP MP TG Venkatesh, last month, after the latter made extreme remarks calling for his public execution by hanging. The TDP MP had lashed out at the writer calling him a ‘traitor’ who was trying to create communal tensions and divide the society and further went on to call for his public execution.
His self-imposed house arrest came out earlier this week. He declared that he no longer fears anyone, and if he dies, the state is to be blamed.
“If I die, the state should take responsibility. If I die let the world know that the state had failed,” he remarked.
He also stated that “All through the day, they (Arya Vysyas) sit in air-conditioned offices and halls making money. None from the community is working at the borders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a BC Arya Vysya and BJP president Amit Shah is also Arya Vysya. Why are they feeling angry if I ask them to give just 1% of their wealth to the poor? If 5% of the donations made to the BJP are given to farmers, there would be no farmer suicides in the country,” he was quoted as saying.
Defending his book, Kancha told reporters earlier that, “Social Smuggling is a phrase. It is the economic process of exploitation, which means earning in business but not investing back into society.” Meanwhile, Arya Vysya Hakkula Sadhana Samithi founder-president, TG Bharat, told a leading news channel, “We will file a petition in a Kurnool court on Monday. We are ready to move the Hyderabad High Court, if necessary. Our agitation will continue until proper action is initiated against Ilaiah.”
After receiving several threatening phone calls for days, Kancha sought police protection earlier this month. He said that he was facing a threat to his life.
Kancha is presently the Director, Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad.